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    How much is my Baby Chief worth?

    My Grandfather left me his when he passed and I was wondering it's value so I would know what to insure it for. I think it's a nickel 5 screw with the flat latch and smooth ramp with pearl grips. It appears to be original and not refinished. If I can figure out how to upload a picture I'll post one.

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    to the forums from the Wiregrass! Depending on condition, I'd say between $900 and $1100. The upper end if the pearls are S&W. Even more if you have the original box.

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    How much is my Baby Chief worth?

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    How much is my Baby Chief worth?

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    Serial # on frame @ open cylinder and butt of grip match and are 7xxx but I was worried about taking off the grips to check for # because of people talking about the pearl grips being so fragile. Any idea of the approx. age of my gun?

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    wow that thing is a beauty. Love the old rounded trigger guards on those things. Beautiful revolver man

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    Yes, a beautiful early pre-M36. Give us the second SN 'cause 1952 started with 7369. This one could have shipped in '51.

    The grips are aftermarket, but are valuable in their own right. If you want to change them, you'll have to look for grips made especially for the Baby Chief. Standard J frame grips won't fit. You don't need to take the pearls off for SN's because it is stamped on the bottom of the frame. Your SN should also be stamped under the barrel where the ejector rod docks and on the rear of the cylinder above the ejector star.
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    I'll have to check on that 2nd # after I get home this evening. Thank you guys for all the info, it took me forever to even figure out what I had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaosrob View Post
    wow that thing is a beauty. Love the old rounded trigger guards on those things. Beautiful revolver man
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiregrassguy View Post
    Yes, a beautiful early pre-M36. Give us the second SN 'cause 1952 started with 7369. This one could have shipped in '51.

    The grips are aftermarket, but are valuable in their own right. If you want to change them, you'll have to look for grips made especially for the Baby Chief. Standard J frame grips won't fit. You don't need to take the pearls off for SN's because it is stamped on the bottom of the frame. Your SN should also be stamped under the barrel where the ejector rod docks and on the rear of the cylinder above the ejector star.
    Don't know why I thought it was a 7XXX, it's actually a 101XX. What approx age would that put it at?


 
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