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    Help with .38 SPL CTG "Airweight" - want information

    I have a short barreled S&W revolver from my father. I'm looking for more information about it (year, model, etc).

    Here's what I do know (see photo):

    It's a S&W "airweight" version with a barrel that's under 2inches. Under the the "airweight' is "CTG 38 SPL". There's a 6 digit serial number at the base of the grip that C 4377XX.

    Also under the swing out part of the gun - between the frame and pin. Looks like this:
    52280
    G

    Butt of gun is not round - it is rectangle.

    Two smallish screws on right side of gun. Only screw on left side is holding in cylinder release. The number stamped on the ejector star matches the one on the butt of the gun.


    I'm guess the "C" means it was manufactured after 1948 and before 1967. It's also a six-shot cylinder so, from what I have read, it's a "k framed" version.

    Anyone have additional information on this revolver?

    Thanks!
    -Brian

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    Looks like a Model 12, the lightweight version of the model 10 or Military & Police model (M&P is older version of Model 10). It' a K frame, square butt.
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    to the forum from the Wiregrass! Your revolver was made in 1960. Open the cylinder and read the model number from inside the yoke.
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    Appears to be the model-12 lightweight, as above. Smith & Wesson advised not to use +P 38 special cartridges in this alloy frame gun. So standard loads are what this revolver was built for and let this recommendation be your guide. It can and will shoot hotter rounds and although S&W made this recommendation out of product liability protection, I recommend you use standard velocity rounds.

    Hank
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    Thanks for the information guys!

    Brian


 

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