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June 7, 2008, 06:12 AM
Yes I believe so. 38 is alloy, 49 is steel, 649 is stainless. I actually find the bodyguard series very appealing.
June 7, 2008, 12:58 PM
Serial # 601550 falls in a production range between 1962 - 1969.
At some point in 1969, all J-Frame serial numbers begin to start with the J- prefix.
June 7, 2008, 02:01 PM
June 7, 2008, 06:10 PM
That's one beautiful Model 49 you've got there. I had a nickel Model 38 years ago; great carry piece. After I traded it on a Beretta, I found myself looking for another one to replace. That's when I came across this Model 649, shortly after they were introduced by S&W. And even though it weighs a little more, it's still one of my favorite choices for concealed carry.