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Carl Levitian
June 7, 2012, 03:07 PM
A friend who was dying of cancer gave me a S&W .38 special, J frame air weight with blue finish before he passed away. He knew I loved S&W revolvers, but this gun just does not bake my cookie. It's a nice gun, almost new, but I just don't need it, and I value my friends memory, but think I'd like to trade off this gun for a nice J frame 63. I really don't like how rough this gun shoots with anything but very mld wadcutters, and if I need a J frame .38, my old model 60 is my choice. My friend never shot this gun after the first few rounds to make sure it worked when he bought it years ago. It was his bedside gun. After a range session this morning, I can see why.

When did S&W stop making the pinned barrels?

How much could I get on a trade for a model 63?

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David E
June 7, 2012, 03:27 PM
If he was a good friend, keep it for his memory and buy the 63 on your own.

If he was more of an acquaintance than a friend, do whatever you want.

Cocked & Locked
June 7, 2012, 04:43 PM
When did S&W stop making the pinned barrels?

1982...but S&W continued using up their old stock of pinned frames, barrels, etc. Some pinned barrel revolvers were shipped from S&W after 1982 because of this.

Centurion75
June 7, 2012, 05:07 PM
Keep your buddies gun and come up with the coin to buy a 63 on your own. Try different grips if you don't like the recoil you are getting now. I have the same model and a pair of rubber pachmyers make's it much more comfortable.

Hondo 60
June 7, 2012, 07:10 PM
Carl -Sorry for the loss of your friend.
I understand your pain, as I also have an airweight J-frame.
The grips are from Altamont.
They're the same grips that S&W puts on their Model 60 Lady Smith.
http://altamontco.com/experimental/products/pistol/smith_and_wesson/#Smith_and_Wesson_jframe.php

I reload my own so I've been playing with it quite a bit.
37 grains of Tite Group under a 125gr HP really makes for a nice round.
According to my chronograph they run about 700 fps (750 in my 4").

If you don't reload, then I guess you have a decision to make.
Just how much did this friend mean to you?
Would he approve if you sold the gun?

http://www.jbabcock.net/guns/M38.jpg

Carl Levitian
June 7, 2012, 11:17 PM
He was not a real close friend, we knew one another for a few years. He gave me the gun because his son didn't want it and he didn't want it to just be sold at a yard sale or something. So it's not like we were life long buddies. Kind of a friend of a friend situation. I don't think he ever even shot the thing. The action is still new feeling with hardly any line where the bolt stop drags. My old model 60 shoots way better than this gun. I don't think I need another J frame, let alone an air weight. I'm trying to decide if I'm going to keep it. I didn't even know he left it to me until his wife called me a week after his funeral and told me to come get it. She's sort of anti gun, and didn't want it in the house, so I picked it up.

David E
June 7, 2012, 11:21 PM
He gave me the gun because his son didn't want it and he didn't want it to just be sold at a yard sale or something.

"Something" being giving it to someone who would sell it to finance something else?

skt239
June 8, 2012, 12:15 AM
"Something" being giving it to someone who would sell it to finance something else?

My thoughts exactly. I would hold on to it but if you absolutely can't resist selling it, drop me a PM.

ArchAngelCD
June 8, 2012, 01:04 AM
I reload my own so I've been playing with it quite a bit. 37 grains of Tite Group under a 125gr HP really makes for a nice round.
According to my chronograph they run about 700 fps (750 in my 4").
I'm sure you meant 3.7gr of Titegroup and not 37gr!!

Hondo 60
June 8, 2012, 09:52 AM
LOL yes 3.7 grains.
I guess the decimal point didn't take when I typed it.

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