[PICS] NIB Model 37 - lucky find


September 10, 2008, 08:40 PM
I found this new-in-box, unfired (even the tools are unopened) Model 37 at my local gun shop for a great price. It was tagged as being made in 1972, but I think that is a bit older. The serial number is 736JXX (X=omitted numbers). Any help with the date is appreciated. I left my S & W book at the office. The gun is flawless except for some rub marks on the recoil plate from opening and closing the cylinder. It will remain flawless until I lube it, take it to the range and then stick it in my pocket:). I plan to carry it occasionally.

Here are some pictures:


Hey Daisy…how does this Model 37 look?
She says that it looks alright and smells clean.

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September 10, 2008, 08:55 PM
1972 appears correct, the book shows J serial #s 1971-1972 ranging from 1J1-999J99

September 10, 2008, 09:03 PM

September 10, 2008, 09:07 PM
Hey, that's a beaut! The square butt is always interesting a 2" S&W. My wife's revolver is a Model 37 (flat-latch) with a round butt. It's a super nice little gun, but you can easily tell that hers has more "character." ;)

September 10, 2008, 09:11 PM

Please share a picture if you have one. I like guns with "character." I am glad to see the bluing wear off of a gun as I carry it :)

In fact, let's just make this a generic Model 37 thread....post em up. I wouldn't mind seeing one of the new 37s w/o internal lock.

September 10, 2008, 09:26 PM
I never turn down an opportunity to post pictures. Here is a picture of my wife's carry choice, the Model 37 (late 50s or early 60s manufacture) and my revolver carry choice, a late 60s Model 60. Both got new fancy Herrett's grips this week. Pretty, eh? Sorry for the picture quality. I'm horrible at taking shots with a flash. If I had some daylight they'd be better.


September 10, 2008, 09:52 PM
Beautiful x 2. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I dig that Model 60.

EDIT: The grips are great.

September 10, 2008, 10:48 PM
The Model 60 was kind of an impulse buy a while back. Right price, right time, so I got it. I've really grown fond of it since, and I've always been on a fan of stainless guns. Almost impulse bought a Model 637 not too long ago, but talked myself out of it at the last second.

September 11, 2008, 09:18 PM
That's a beauty. How much did you pay for such a find if you don't mind me asking. Always interested in case I run into the same.

Is the model very rare? Or rare NIB?

Love those blue snubs.

September 11, 2008, 09:28 PM
I paid $400.00 plus NC sales tax at my favorite gun shop. :)

I don't think that the Model 37 is particularly rare, or at least not any more rare than other similar J-frames.

September 11, 2008, 10:58 PM
You only need to add a Tyler T-grip to achieve S&W perfection. The square butt J-frames feel great with the addition of the grip adapter.

September 11, 2008, 11:44 PM

I agree. The T-Grip makes this flat latch 36 complete!!

Nice Beagle!

September 12, 2008, 02:51 AM
Great find! I don't think I've ever seen a 30 year old "NIB" gun at a gun shop. (Well, except for my Enfield #4, Mk 2)

That gun is the cousin to my 1972 or 1973 Model 49 I bought at a yard sale this summer. Mine is well used though.

Here's the thread:

September 12, 2008, 10:49 AM
If I could find a J-frame T-grip I'd be happy as peaches. I have 5 J-frames and not a single T-grip for em. I know I can order directly through Tyler, but the wait time is something like several weeks on new orders.

September 12, 2008, 11:13 AM
Shade00 the wait for tee-grips is long. They are worth the wait. If you don't order,time will pass anyway and you still won't have them.

September 12, 2008, 12:52 PM
Ahhh! Good on you for waking that shootie bang bang up! I love hearing about folks actually shooting them rather than staring at 'em...though that's ok too. ;)

September 12, 2008, 01:42 PM
Regarding the T-grips...I put classic grips and T-grips on all of my carry J-frames. The wait is 3-4 weeks (typically) from Tyler. They make them in batches, all brushed aluminum for a time, then all powder coated, etc... I just keep them coming.

I've only found one J-frame T-grip at a gun show in NC...ordering from Tyler is the way to go. It is still a small family business. The customer service and product have been excellent. If you have to wait...at least it's worth it.

September 12, 2008, 02:12 PM
Does Tyler make T grips for L frames? My 586 is great but I feel like the grip could stand to be a little more substantial, otherwise it is perfect, and the grip itself looks great. Are the T grips add-ons to whatever grip you had on before, or are they total replacements?

September 12, 2008, 02:46 PM
The K frame T-grip will work with your L frame guns.

September 12, 2008, 03:02 PM
I've picked up a few T-grips on Ebay. One for my Ruger Speed Six, one for my S&W 681 (K-frame does fit the L-frame, as mentioned above), one for my Colt .357, and one for a Colt D-frame. Guess I just have to bite the bullet and order up for my J-frames.

September 12, 2008, 03:37 PM
Pretty gun, and a pretty Beagle too! Don't have a S&W wheelgun anymore, but I do have two sweet Beagle girls!

September 14, 2008, 06:42 AM
It's almost to clean to carry. Nice!

I have a 80's 37 looks just like that, thankfully mine has holster wear, so I don't mind carrying it.

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