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S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 All 5-Screw & Vintage 4-Screw SWING-OUT Cylinder REVOLVERS, and the 35 Autos and 32 Autos


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Old 02-18-2014, 09:26 PM
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Shes not perfect but not all so bad.

The back strap has lost its blue. Some muzzle wear and a few marks here and there.

Roll marks are weak but I dont think its a refinish.

My pictures arent great looks a bit better in hand.

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Looks like a winner to me... enough wear that you won't mind carrying it, but looks good enough that... you won't mind carrying it!! What could be better?

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Good find! Have fun with it. Nice ole piece

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Now that is really a nice one.
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wheelgun,

That's a fine little baby J!
The 2nd good deal I missed. Here's another good buy on a Baby J some one got probably because it was mis-labeled a Model 32.

SMITH & WESSON Model 32 TERRIER 4 digit Serial # : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
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Jim,

I know the guy that got the "terrier" baby chief. I've actually known him my entire life....

He actually believed the ad until he finally realized the SN was out of range for a pre 32. I don't know how he missed the larger 38spl length cylinder Must be his old eyes or his mind showing the miles

Even if it were a terrier I don't think it was a bad deal anyways?!?!
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Jim,

Agreed, a good deal for any I or J frame of that vintage and that condition!

Was he happier or less happy to figure out that it was a Baby Chiefs?
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If that "Terrier" had indeed been a Terrier with the small grip and round trigger guard as well as the long cylinder window, it would have been pretty special, since that combination of features is unheard of, right brother Hondo? Regardless, it is a great revolver as it is and you got a very good deal on it considering its overall condition and the box (if original to the gun.) Of course now you have to decide whether it's too pretty to carry... you probably know what my decision would be on that!

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Jim - I was.....I mean....errr....he....yea he, he was very happy when he found out.....

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If that "Terrier" had indeed been a Terrier with the small grip and round trigger guard as well as the long cylinder window, it would have been pretty special, since that combination of features is unheard of, right brother Hondo?
Of course, who knows how people can miss such obvious things.

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Regardless, it is a great revolver as it is and you got a very good deal on it considering its overall condition and the box (if original to the gun.)
Since its a baby chief, the box cannot be right. It would have had a red box for that vintage. The box was wrong no matter what given the features of the gun. The standard blue box that came after the "sunburst" type came out much later (than the vintage of the gun), late 1950s early 60s, IIRC. The sunburst type replaced the solid color box for these guns. With a 4 digit SN, the gun is likely late first year or second year production.

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Of course now you have to decide whether it's too pretty to carry... you probably know what my decision would be on that!
It would be wasteful to carry such a gun when a gun such as a 36-1 would shoot just as well. If a carry gun was needed, one could sell the baby chief from the auction for enough to buy a 1970s model 36, and still have good money left over. The gun from the auction appears to be (4 digit SN) a smooth ramp, so preserving it is much more special IMO because anyone (other than a felon) can carry a 38 snub, but how many people have such a nice sought after 38 snub? In addition, I leave my unfired guns unfired. I have many safe queens and I don't lose a wink of sleep over it. Some guns are for shooting, and some are for my collection. I liken it to fiscally responsible thinking....

The irony in carrying a baby chief is that S&W evolved the model to make it better for carry, so a later one would be a better carry option anyways. Just sayin....
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Goering's S&W,

You have the soul of a collector, but in fact, if it has been fired a couple of times, it qualifies as used. While I don't want to suggest that anyone should take a high grade classic and abuse it, but by the same token, I wouldn't hesitate to wax it up really well then carry it concealed in a suitable holster... that's what it was made for. And for those of us who see that Baby Chief as attractive because it is the very smallest production 38 Special ever made... only a little smaller than its successors, but the smallest nonetheless. That may be one of the reasons there is one in my bug out bag! But if "your friend" loves his so much "he" wants to keep in polished and protected in "his" safe, more power to him, and may his numbers increase. That will make really good guns available for somebody's children or grandchildren when he dies... I'm leaving mine well loved but well worn guns mostly!

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You didn't ask, but Serial 368xx would probably be from late 1953.
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