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    Hi fellas, noobie here.
    I bought my 2nd S&W Revolver recently. I really love the Chief's Special history and this thread is what put me over the top to purchase one.

    I still am unsure of the year it was made. Perhaps you could assist? Believe it or not, it is a blued model though the seller photos make it appear almost a nickel!

    It does appear the grips have been laquered at one point. The S&W Stamp is smaller than the more recent Model 36 that I've seen.





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    to the forums from the Wiregrass! Your Chiefs Special was shipped in the 1971-72 time frame.
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    Thank you sir! I would have been 11 years old then!
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    Hello everyone. New to the forum but I must say I love it so far. A little about me. Paramedic by trade. Previous military and proud of it. Father of 2 and my children recently won their first 1st place shooting awards. 10 y/o daughter with her ar15 and my 8 y/o son with his sub- compact 1911 / 22lr. What brought me to this forum.....was going through my safe and came across my mom's S&W 38 special. I wanted to find out when it was manufactured. I believe it was in 1955, from the data I obtained on this forum. It's a .38 Chiefs Special Airweight model No. 37. Serial number is as follows......J69XXX. I don't ever remember this firearm being discharged. My mother would carry it when we would travel to Wisconsin for vacation. I was trying to get a value, for insurance reasons. If I can I will post a picture of the firearm. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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    A few pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic1 View Post
    Hello everyone. New to the forum but I must say I love it so far. A little about me. Paramedic by trade. Previous military and proud of it. Father of 2 and my children recently won their first 1st place shooting awards. 10 y/o daughter with her ar15 and my 8 y/o son with his sub- compact 1911 / 22lr. What brought me to this forum.....was going through my safe and came across my mom's S&W 38 special. I wanted to find out when it was manufactured. I believe it was in 1955, from the data I obtained on this forum. It's a .38 Chiefs Special Airweight model No. 37. Serial number is as follows......J69XXX. I don't ever remember this firearm being discharged. My mother would carry it when we would travel to Wisconsin for vacation. I was trying to get a value, for insurance reasons. If I can I will post a picture of the firearm. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


    An unfired, in the box w/ all the trinkets Model 37 would sell for around $600 here.
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    to the forums from the Wiregrass! Model 37 with SN J69710 was made in 1969-70. S&W deleted the diamond around the grip escutcheon screw/nut in 1968. In the condition I see with all the accessories, between $600 to $700.
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    i will try to replace some of the "lost" pics! i apologize for the mess!

    early chief with all the early features:
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