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smith and wesson .38 spl

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by zorkd, Feb 2, 2005.

  1. zorkd

    zorkd

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    my friend recently got a smith and wesson .38 snub

    we just want to know what model it is and what it is worth.

    5 shot capacity.

    blued, but worn and a bit of surface rust.

    oh yeah, also where can we find the serial number, we can't seem to locate it.

    picture attached.
     
  2. darwin25

    darwin25 Make your move

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    You can usually see the S&W revolvers model designation by looking at the crane. I think its a model 36 Chiefs Special
     

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    batangueno Shock Resist

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    Which is the crane?
     
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    PMMA97 TagaBundok

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  5. FAlvar

    FAlvar I love Iya

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    Either a 36 or a 37

    A 36 is all steel. A 37 (the original Airweight) has an alloy frame and steel barrel and cylinder. Use a magnet to determine what you have. Your pic shows a relatively late production model so it should have the model number stamped right where PMM7 has his on his picture (yours will not have the ball thingy though).

    You may or may not have the serial there also. But you should have the serial stamped at the bottom of the gun butt. If you have oversized grips, remove them to see the SN. If you can post part of the SN here, we can tell you the approximate date of birth of your snubby.

    I like snubbies :)

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  6. zorkd

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    hmmmm, walang serial anywhere! paltik siguro ito noh? bleah.

    it does look like the 36, 36 na paltik.
     
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    Since you said its a little bit rusty you can try rubing the edges of the side plates with steel wool or scouring pad. If you guys find some "brazing" marks (hinang) Im 99.9% sure it's PALTIK. But CLASS A paltik are sometimes made from solid "engine block" and the only way to tell if its paltik is to disassemble it. The internal parts are mostly looks like srapyard comparable to a KABAONG maganda ang labas bulok ang loob.;e
     
  8. kerwin

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    If the revolver is paltik, then there will be no model number under the crane. There are really good paltiks out there, even the internal parts are neatly polished and fitted, but the gunsmiths sometimes leave out the serial number... so you can clone your existing licensed revolver. Ikaw na bahala mag pa tatak ng
    model number at serial number sa baril mo.

    This is usually done by paltik smithies to accomodate small time security agencies who only have 20 licensed revolvers but are employing 100 security guards.;P
     
  9. Pepe G Boy

    Pepe G Boy

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    Sir FAlvar, mine is a model 37. Its serial number starts with 218xxx. Maybe you can help me with the approximate date of birth. Thanks
     
  10. FAlvar

    FAlvar I love Iya

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    Pepe

    If yours is 218XXX then it was made between '57 and '61. My 36 is a 216XXX so our guns were probably made within a few months of each other.

    Now, if yours has a "J" prefix like J218XXX then it was probably made ca. '73-'74.

    HTH.
     
  11. Pepe G Boy

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    Thanks sir. Its a hand me down from my father. He told me he bought the pistol in Vietnam from some GI.