I was at the gun shop over the weekend and noticed a revolver in the case. A model 37 airweight with a flat latch in IIRC in nickel, nice looking 98%. The price was $305.00. Does a flat latch add value?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Goucho, I'll let you know,I was hoping for more input but I think I may buy it, I sold a charter arms today with this purchase in mind, the gun shop owner also works as an operating engineer and is working nights on an interstate job. I talked to his wife saturday and she was reluctant to make a deal without Mark there. If I don't take it I will let you know. Thanks Dave
A nickle M37 in that condition, particularly a flat latch, would probably mean that yet another old widow has sold hubbie's 1961 era nightstand gun he bought new to protect 'em against the bad day that never came!
If it has the original "diamond" wood grips, serial numbered to the gun on the inside of the right grip it will be a huge plus and make the gun a steal.
Sorry I can't post an M37 from that era, but here's a nickle plated M36 from that time with original diamond stocks and flat latch I picked up a year and a half ago that probably lived the same sheltered life as that M37.
I'd jump all over that deal if I were you!!! Maybe lookin' at this nice M36 will motivate you to go get that baby! That's less than I paid for this one!!!
I went back to the gunshop this morning for a closer look at this revolver. I never took it out of the case last weekend, after a closer look the condition isn't what I initially thought. It appears to have been carried alot, a little wear to the finish where the grip meets the frame near the latch. The owner allowed me to remove the grips and they are numbered to the gun. I hum hawed around awhile then asked my wife what she thought and she replied "I would just get it", so I did, he knocked off the tax so it was $305.00 out the door. I won't be able to pick it up until wednsday. I'll post a pic at that time, Thanks for your input.
Nice . . . and they aren't making 'em anymore either!
Mine's "just" a '71 year M37 no dash and it is my "always" carry gun. I paid a lot more than you did for this nice specimen last year! An old lady was selling it . . . her second husband's nightstand gun . . . and she survived three husbands. I don't think they ever shot it much, if at all.
BTW, I've taken off the original serial numbered-to-the-gun stocks for safe keeping, and installed a set of Patrick Grashorn's awesome stags and a Tyler T-grip. It is a great pocket rocket!