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Old 03-29-2012, 02:03 PM
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Default Model 49 Bodyguard, serial number question.

Hey guys, another find at the local gs.
It's a model 49 the original Bodyguard, it came with pinned barrel, no dash. I know it's def a pre-1982, but the serial number starts with a "9J" (9J6XXX). Gun has a lot of holster wear, but the forcing cone and top strap is in great condition, The gun needed some cleaning and clp when i took it home, but the top strap has no flame marks at all, at least not one the I can see.


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Nice gun; another of the "floating J" guns from 1971-'72, with one or more digits of a total of 5 numbers with the J moving around within.
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Cool, thanks Murphydog!
I suspect it was definitely older, being pinned and no dash.
Also the wood seems original and has coresponding age and wear with the gun.
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Looks like a pre dash gun, probably a pre 1960 model as I believe the bodyguard came out in 55"
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I'm on board with murphydog on the dating of this, I'd say it most likely shipped toward the end of 1971.

Are the stocks (grips) numbered to the gun?
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I'm on board with murphydog on the dating of this, I'd say it most likely shipped toward the end of 1971.

Are the stocks (grips) numbered to the gun?
Thanks guys.
Yes the Grips are stamped/engraved with the serial numbers and the "J" in the middle inside the grip.
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Here she is with a Tyler-T grip adapter.
It actually makes a difference with the grip, much better to hold,
and still maintains concealability.


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very nice 49...and I like the T...have been thinking of getting one for my 49. enjoy.
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Those grip adapters make a huge difference; I can't (and don't want to) imagine shooting without one!
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Thanks guys.
I agree on the grip adapter, it makes it more maneagable to shoot.
Had a blast at the range today.
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Thanks guys.
I agree on the grip adapter, it makes it more maneagable to shoot.
Had a blast at the range today.
As posted elsewhere, the adapter allows you to maintain the classic look of the little guns with their original grips.
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A random thought; could those tiny 'lemon peel' grips be behind the J-frames' reputation for poor accuracy? There just isn't much to get a good hold on.
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I've got a cousin to yours at 9J61XX... Just got it last year after looking for a long time for the right one at the right time & place!

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Nice Dave!
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I just got this fine piece of machinery home today. It is a model 49 blued with a 2 inch barrel. Box, gun and grips all have matching numbers. Excellent condition with a manual. Numbers are 7242**. Can anyone help me figure out about which year? Box and manual say 1955.

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Hello Knight, great 49. I still carry my 38 that I bought new in 1972.
Other than the 40/42, the greatest little carry gun sold. Mike 2796
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M49 no dash. Stocks have the S/N stamped on one. S/N is 2089XX, think 1958-59 but my list has no breakdown from 1957 to 1961...



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Nice Model 49.!

Just an FYI to the Op and others, the original Bodyguard was actually an "Airweight" that came out in 1956. The pre- Model 38 as some would call it. The Model 49, on an all steel frame, post dated the Bodyguard Airweight by 3 years. It was not produced until 1959 as a model numbered gun. In the J frame series of guns this was the 1st "Airweight" to be produced prior to the introduction of the steel version.
The Chief Special preceded the Chief Special Airweight as did the Centennial precede the Centennial Airweight. Albeit by only a year or 2.
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