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Old 01-29-2009, 09:10 PM
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Just got her from All Glock off the forum. Can you help me date her accurately. Serial # 918J4X

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Just got her from All Glock off the forum. Can you help me date her accurately. Serial # 918J4X

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Old 01-29-2009, 09:18 PM
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If the serial # is prefixed with a "J", it's 1982.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:41 PM
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No J prefix...it is older I believe.
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wow!
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I can't help with your question, but it is in gorgeous condition!
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No diamonds on grips, so after 1968. Barrel pinned, so before 1982. The date range is supported by the thumb latch (it has the post-1966 form) and the Bangor Punta box (1966 or later).

I don't understand the serial number. The Standard Catalog shows that some model 38s had a J in the fourth position of the serial number in 1971-72, but that's the only year reported with that exact configuration. I thought this might be a typo in the book, but maybe not. But in that year there really should be a J in front of the six-digit (or six-character) serial you report.

All things taken into account, I'm leaning toward the 1971-72 date. But I'm not sure.

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Wow, that is a nice looking pistol. Congrats on the purchase!
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Old 01-30-2009, 06:40 AM
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DC, Thanks. I think you nailed it. The Ser# is as I gave it with the J in the 4th position. I have the original paper work for it as well and looking closely the manual has a 1971 copyright on it.
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The SCSW says J1 thru 999J99 were made in the 1971-1972 time frame so, yours is probably 1972.
I recently bought 2 of them, one LNIB probably from from 1967 with ser. no. 512xxx and another with the ser. no. 102Jxx that should be late 1971 and it is also like-new except it came with no box.
I sometimes carry the one that came w/o the box and have put away the LNIB model. Great carry guns. Yours is gorgeous. Enjoy it!
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