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    Model 37 with original Price tag from 1970, Originaly only 86.50

    Hello everyone. This is my first post so forgive me if I have posted
    to many pictures?

    Just signed up last night while trying to find out the DOB on a
    SMITH & WESSON .38 Chiefís Special Airweight. Thanks to
    your great forums I was able to search some old threads and located
    all the information I needed J

    I decided I should try and give back some information I have.
    You all probably have forgotten more then I know but just in case
    I will offer up some pictures of the original receipt and seller tag
    from 1970. I found it very interesting to see the Price was only 86.50.

    A little background on this weapon (learned early in 1975 while
    in basic training never to call it a gun). This weapon was given to me
    by my Uncle, who I had thought bought it used but after learning from
    the serial number (J67673) it was born in 1970 and according to the
    actual receipt it was purchased in 1970 in Los Angeles. He lived in Inglewood
    about 9 miles from the center of Watts and lived there
    during the Watts Riots in 1965, in early 1970 there was the Kent State
    Shootings by the national guard and he felt things were heating up
    and decided to purchase some self protection and that is how this
    weapon ended up in my family.

    I donít think he ever used or fired it, he gave the box of .38 Spl. Ctgís
    he had and only 5 are missing, I suspect they were loaded in the weapon
    and removed at some point. BTW I did dispose of the box of Cartridges
    as 1970 vintage ammo canít be very reliable. There is a very light Turn Ring
    but its very hard to see (I adjusted the contrast to bring it out in the picture)

    Question would it be advisable to re-blue the cylinder to erase the turn ring?

    Ok I know I tend to get long winded so I will stop now and just offer
    up the pictures and hope someone will find the original price as interesting as me.














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    fnd,

    Welcome!

    Nice opening act. Today I saw a 3" 37 with box and docs, 'bout the same condition as yours with a $500.00 price tag on it. That was in affluent Williamson County, TN. The gun shop will probably get their price.
    It's a nice "J" frame and immenietly suitable for all-day carry. The provenance of being gifted to you by your uncle, along with packaging and documentation, makes it a priceless family heirloom, in my book.
    Were it mine, I wouldn't fret over the cylinder turn line, they all get them and if you were to reblue it, it would return.

    Mike

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    to the forum! Nice S&W revolver! Don't ever reblue it...it reduces the collector value. But, don't be afraid to shoot it.
    Guy

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    Welcome to the forum..

    NICE wheelgun!

    (i guess gun is OK when you put wheel infront of it?)..
    Walk softly, but carry a big Smith..


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    WOw,
    You have one of the revolver models I'm looking for to get into my collection. I've been looking for the right Model 37 for a while now.

    It's a real beauty, and it's great knowing it's history.
    Don't re-blue it. You'll lose much of the guns value and it'll never look as good as it does currently. To reblue it, the gunsmith will have to buff it down to the bare steel and then blue it. Buffing it will soften the fine details on the revolver and it'll also soften the stampings and roll marks quite a bit. Especially don't let the turn line on the cylinder bother you. They all have them, unless the revolver has never been cycled.
    It's a shame you threw out the box of ammo. I have ammo dating back to just after WWII, and I'm still shooting it without any problems. As long as the ammo is kept dry, it'll last almost forever.
    Keep it and shoot it. It's made for personal defense and to carry. Get yourself a nice Bianchi or High Noon holster, and carry it proudly.
    It's designed to shoot any 38 Special ammo in the 158 gr bullet weight. It'll handle ammo designated as +P without any trouble, but they might not be too much fun to shoot in a long range session. My personal preference for practice is CCI Blazer and for self defense Speed Gold dot ammo.

    Enjoy, and a most welcome to the forum

    For the record we would call your handgun either a revolver or a wheelgun, and the S&W name for the "grips" is actually "Stocks".

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    Well thanks for the kind welcome Guys, You never know what kind of a reaction to expect when posting to a forum for the first time. I must say
    I am seeing a very friendly group and happy to have found it.

    Yes I dont think I will have the turn line messed with, its really not that bothersome, its just being a Machinist I can be a bit picky.
    Thanks for the advice about how a reblue will affect its looks and collector value.

    I will be using it soon and maybe posting a shot group, that is if I can put together something respectable

    Oh thanks for the info, Weapon just did not sound right to me either so Revolver it is Thanks

    Dennis

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    fnd,

    Regarding nomenclature, "Roscoe", Hogleg", and "Smokewagon" are also all acceptable!

    (pleaserefrainfromtheterm"gunthingy")Mike

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    First of all to the Forum.

    Second that is one fantastic wheelgun. I agree with the rest do not have it re-blued! It looks perfect the way it is.

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    That's a really nice little revolver. Don't ever let that one go. We have my wife's grandfather's service revolvers from when he was a Memphis motorcycle officer in the 1920s and 30s. I've shot some of his old issue ammo through his .38, still have a couple rounds for his .44Spl that I would have fired but kept for showing with his nickel/pearl dress revolver and another antique .44 we have here.

    Be proud of the turn line, it just shows that the gun has been properly loved. A revolver w/o a turn line is a sad thing to see...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scruffy49 View Post
    That's a really nice little revolver. Don't ever let that one go. We have my wife's grandfather's service revolvers from when he was a Memphis motorcycle officer in the 1920s and 30s. I've shot some of his old issue ammo through his .38, still have a couple rounds for his .44Spl that I would have fired but kept for showing with his nickel/pearl dress revolver and another antique .44 we have here.

    Be proud of the turn line, it just shows that the gun has been properly loved. A revolver w/o a turn line is a sad thing to see...
    Thanks, For sure a keeper. I really like it and it always reminds me of my Uncle when I look at it. Its nice to have these family revolvers someday
    my Uncle may be getting credit for keeping me safe


 

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