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I have a S&W Model 63-3. The prefix of the serial # is CBS. Anyone know approximately when this j frame was made?

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January - February 1997.
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Thank you Kernel,

Was this one of the special runs by a distributor? It is a 2" barrel. Did it come out with the black rubber grips? Trying to get a little background!

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Those shipped with a variety of factory stocks, which is kind of unusual. I've seen them with wood Magnas, Uncle Mikes and Hogues. Either of those three would be correct.

If your gun was a Lew Horton (one of many distributors who had them in that era) you could call and they would let you know what stocks they shipped with.
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Do you or anyone know what year or serial # range the Lew Hortons were?

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All the Lew Horton guns I've seen were BDY prefixes and shipped in.....
May - June of 1989.
One of the six, was even lettered by LH, which said they shipped a total of 500 in that era.
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Thanks Kernel,

I will try to get out and shoot this thing a few times and see if it is "sticky" like everyone else's 63. It is a nice little revolver to carry. I think it will be fun, even if I can't hit anything.

Now it's time to find something different to work on!

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