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Old 01-18-2010, 04:06 PM
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Hello, new here, so please forgive if this is a stupid question...just bought a model 38, used. Is there a way to find out when it was manufactured by the serial number?

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Old 01-18-2010, 04:17 PM
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You can post the serial number on this site (less the last few digits on the right if you want privacy) and someone can look up the serial number in a book and give you an approximate date. If you want an exact date, you can request a factory letter ($50).

Hope this helps,

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Old 01-18-2010, 04:21 PM
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OK, here's the serial number : J6651(XX)

What book would one use to look this up?

Thanks again!
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:23 PM
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Should have been made 1977-78. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson 3rd edition by Supica and Nahas
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:28 PM
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WOW! that was fast...thanks a lot...

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Old 01-18-2010, 04:30 PM
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Oh, its an "airweight" too, (stamped on right side of barrel over 38 spl. ctg.)....did they make "airweights in the late 70's?
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Yes they have been making air weights a long time. Don
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:53 PM
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ok, I really appreciate the info...what do you think something like that would be worth??
used condition, but no rust spots, some minor holster wear, and a grip thats designed to hook on the belt area of pants...the right side extends up and out to hook the pant area.
Just curious, and again...thanks for the info...sorry if some of these questions are a bit ignorant

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Can'r really say on value. Depends a lot on box or no box, papers, etc. They actually started manufacturing Airweight Bodyguards before the steel ones. This is unusual, as most of the time, the steel framed guns came first and the light weights were spinoffs. I've got a Model 38-2 that I really like; unlike many, I feel that there is a great attraction to the appearance of these guns.
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I agree about the appearance. I paid 225 for mine today and think I got a decent deal. Even if not, I got what I wanted, (model and age), and its in great condition.

Thank you for your response!
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You can always call S&W customer service for manufacture date but it looks like these guys here are on the ball!
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