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Old 09-14-2017, 04:01 PM
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I am looking for the age of this gun
Serial number: 78J285
In the yoke: MOD .37
On the barrel: Airweight 38 SPL CTG
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It is from the "floating J" period, 1971-72. I don't know at what number the year crossover point was reached, so it comes from one of those two years.
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It is from the "floating J" period, 1971-72. I don't know at what number the year crossover point was reached, so it comes from one of those two years.
I've never looked at enough ship dates to tell when the crossover took place between 1971 and 1972, so . . . I made a few assumptions, did the math and came up with 56J.

See my rationale in post #9 in this thread:
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Just to remind you this is Smith&Wesson we are talking about I had a Chiefs Special s/n 963J22 that I thought was a 1972. It shipped in March 1974.

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I had a Chiefs Special s/n 963J22 that I thought was a 1972. It shipped in March 1974.
Sure. The floating J numbers were issued in '71-'72. As with all S&W revolvers, they might ship later than the year in which they were made.
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