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What years was the model 438 manufactured? When were they discontinued? I have a line on one in nice condition and I was wondering how old it could be.
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I think the 438 is being currently produced by Smith. I can find it for sale new online. That's a sweet gun. Go ahead and buy it.
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Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson 4th Edition says it was made 2009-2011
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I recently bought a new one as there are still some new old stock online. It was $319 shipped. Nice gun.
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My 438 was made 6/2014 and purchased 8/2016. I figure mine is new old stock. So it seems that 2014 may be the last year they were made.

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I recently bought a new one as there are still some new old stock online. It was $319 shipped. Nice gun.
Do you like it? How does it measure up quality-wise?
I've wanted a Bodyguard for years and the matte black finish on the 438 looks good to me. I'm hoping it will prove to be longer lasting than the "silver" finish that was on a 637 I had.
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So far so good but the black finish is a bit delicate. It easily "mars" or shows scrapes (not all the way through the finish) and I haven't figured out how to get rid of them (if possible). I don't worry too much about it though as this will be a carry gun and mine usually get beat up looking quick. The gun does tend to shoot left but I'm trying some different grips and ammo to see if I can find a combo that hits to point of aim.
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Well I went ahead and ordered one at $319 bucks. It should be here in the next week or so. Now I need to order some nice grips for it. The rubber boot grips Smith uses now just don't fit me too well.
When it gets here I'll post a few pics.
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I think you'll like it! I installed Wolff springs in mine (8# hammer; 14# trigger) and it made a world of difference. So far, with about 400 rounds downrange (six or seven different brands), 100% reliable ignition. I also painted the front sight bright orange with some Testors model paint.
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