I have been trying to find, read up on and understand the serial number sequences for the J frame revolvers in an attempt to pin down when mine was made with no luck.
The serial number on the butt of my Model 49 Bodyguard just doesn't match up with the way everybody has them listed.
I am in hopes that someone on the forum, somewhere can help me get it dated.
So here goes, the serial number is 9J7XXX. Thats it, sum total. It has a pinned barrel and it has a "dash" between the MOD and 49.
That's all the serial number it has and its all exposed so there is not hidden numbers.
"He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment & buy one" Jesus - Luke 22:36
About 1971 Smith went through a period of "floating Js" where the J in the serial number moved around rather than being in first position.
Yours is from that period.
I have two j frames from that period -- a model 36 and 37,
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