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    Post S&W Airweight 38. spl. ctg Need a price?

    I have an older S&W Airweight .38 spl. ctg. . I cannot find a model number anywhere... checked inside the cartridge chamber but nothing there. The barrel is about an inch and a quarter long. It has diamond pattern checkering on the grip, and the bluing has rubbed off on a lot of the metal. The release is rectangular in shape with scored vertical ribs on it. I am trying to determine approximate value. Can anyone help, please?
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    Lets start at the top.
    Open the cylinder and look inside the hinge bar (Crane) and see if there's a model number there.
    It should look similar to this Mod 340-2 or something similar.
    Second, the Serial number is on the bottom of the butt grip. we would like tha 1st 5 number and letters in the correct. Use x'x for the last set of numbers in the serial.
    The barrel is measured from the very front to the very back where it meets the cylinder inside the frame.
    Photo's will be of a great assistance.
    The value can vary greatly based on where uyou're located. Pricing can swing as much as $110 or so, depending on regional supply and demand.

    We'll get you all the help you needs with a little help from your end. once we have those basics we can get you on track pretty quickly.

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    Well, I sent you a detailed answer to your questions but the bloody forum ate it... so I will try again.

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    Ok... here goes again:

    MODEL #: 7154 {HARD TO READ}

    SERIAL: 27593X

    BARREL LENGTH: 1-5/8"

    LOCATION: MISSOURI

    NO CAMERA AVAILABLE

    Thanks again for your help... really appreciate it

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    Cool

    Welcome to the forum.

    1957-1962 Serial #125000-295000

    Stamping of Model # began in 1957 as Model 37 on frame behind yoke visible when cylinder is open.

    A photo would really help in regards to value.

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    We still need a bit more info to help you out.

    Does it have an "exposed" hammer spur?

    If it holds 5 rounds it's a J-framed (small) revolver.

    If it holds 6 rounds it's a K-framed (medium) revolver.

    Generally speaking J framed Airweights are commanding a bit higher prices that K framed Airweights.

    "Unless" the K-framed Airweight were to be one of the scarce Air Force Model 13's issued to air crews in the 1950's.

    The rectangle cylinder release with vertical striations is an indicator it was made in the 1950's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOONDAWG View Post
    We still need a bit more info to help you out.

    Does it have an "exposed" hammer spur?

    YES

    If it holds 5 rounds it's a J-framed (small) revolver.

    FIVE ROUNDS

    If it holds 6 rounds it's a K-framed (medium) revolver.

    Generally speaking J framed Airweights are commanding a bit higher prices that K framed Airweights.

    "Unless" the K-framed Airweight were to be one of the scarce Air Force Model 13's issued to air crews in the 1950's.

    The rectangle cylinder release with vertical striations is an indicator it was made in the 1950's.

    Condition: The gun is well used and has a lot of bare metal where the bluing has rubbed off over the years. It seems tight and sound however but I have never fired it so do not know if it shaves any or not. Sorry about not being able to take a photo for you... I don't own a camera so a picture is not in the cards. Thanks for your help...

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    Cool

    The information I gave you was for a 5 shot j-frame as I was assuming ( dah !!) it was a j-frame and I got lucky.

    If the gun is in total need of rebluing and from your description it sounds like it is, but is in good mechanical shape (if I was looking at it to buy I would want to pull off the grips and side plate to look for rust damage) and there was no deep pitting on the frame, cylinder and barrel and the grips were in resonable shape I might offer $200.00 as it will cost $150.00 for a good hot bluing in my area.

    That means I would have $350.00 in the gun and then $25.00 more for new springs so $375.00 and that's what it would be worth and maybe a little more if it was in very good to excellent shape in my area of the beach.

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    Kk,

    I will concur with Ron's evaluation, If I was in the market for your flat-latch j-frame with bluing loss over a major portion of it's surface and the gun is "right" mechanically, $200.00 out-the-door is fair market, in these environs.

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    You have what's known as a Chief's Special Airweight, aka a pre model 37.


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