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Old 05-18-2020, 06:13 PM
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Question Info on an old s & w 5 shot revolver?

I’ve been looking for more info on my S & W .38 Airweight, Hand Ejector, model 37, J frame, 5 shot revolver, with a drop out cylinder, flat thumb latch, with the markings “AIRWEIGHT 38 SPL.CTG”. It belonged to my grandfather for many years, & it’s been mine now for many years also.
It’s stamped on the butt 647105, & on below the cylinder when dropped down, its marked 28048, w/a sm. rectangle on the Rt., & below Left, a large rectangle with a capital K.
Whatever info anyone can provide is appreciated!
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A Model 37 before 1970 had no "J" prefix. In 1969 the s/n ended with 786544. I'd guess yours is a 1968 but just a guess. If it has a diamond grip it might be before 1968.
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A Model 37 before 1970 had no "J" prefix. In 1969 the s/n ended with 786544. I'd guess yours is a 1968 but just a guess. If it has a diamond grip it might be before 1968.
Based on bracketing some scanty information in my SN list (which is none too comprehensive for that late period) I'd also say that one probably shipped sometime in 1968.
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Pictures would be nice. Be sure to check for a cracked frame where the barrel threads into the frame at the frame cut-out. This is a weak point and may crack if +P loads are or have been used.
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