My new S&W wheel gun..


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WCraven
March 10, 2013, 10:42 PM
I picked this up today and the fine folks at the S&W forums help me ID the gun as in was made around 1975-76 and is the model 38 Airweight and it has a pinned barrel.. they also told me it was on the rare side because of the Nickle finsh it shipped with as there are not many around and i guess it's going become a safe queen.

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Iggy
March 10, 2013, 10:50 PM
That's as purty as an Appy colt with dollar spots on a full white blanket.

That's one to be proud of.

bluekouki86
March 10, 2013, 10:53 PM
Awesome weapon, I love my 642 airweight. It is my workhorse and never leaves my side.

Drail
March 10, 2013, 11:49 PM
It is sad to think of that gun spending it's life in a dark safe.

huntershooter
March 11, 2013, 05:45 AM
That's a nice one.
The m38 is a favorite.

bannockburn
March 11, 2013, 06:17 AM
WCraven

My first Model 38 was very much like the one you have now. Great pocket revolver, I use to take it with me when I took the dog for a walk at night (not so nice neighborhood back then). I don't know for sure how rare one like that is or if it's LNIB collectible but I know I couldn't let it be a safe queen. Lightweight snubbies were meant to carried not buried, as in the back of your safe.

WCraven
March 11, 2013, 07:07 AM
I guess it's the combo of pinned barrel pre 1982 and the Nickel finsh as there is one on gunbroker.com but it's not a pinned barrel model. one of the fellows said it was ok to range shoot but not to carry the gun.

Picher
March 11, 2013, 08:09 AM
I just put a set of Pachmayr finger-groove grips on my S&W 642 and it was a revelation!!! The gun really fits my fairly large hands much better!! They also have different sizes available.

Last evening, using my Moto-Tool with the drum sander bit, I took off the relatively sharp edge on the bottom of the grip for a bit better concealability in my front pocket DeSantis holster. It didn't affect my grip, just rounded off the bottom border.

I can't shoot with the wood grips, but the factory grips were pretty good, even though there was no room for the pinky. This Pachmayr are the best feeling grip I've ever had on any handgun...and I've had a lot. It's way ahead of the Signature and Compact Pachmayrs.

bikerdoc
March 11, 2013, 08:27 AM
Nice. My 649 does pocket duty regularly.

SaxonPig
March 11, 2013, 08:48 AM
Nice. But nickel is not all that rare.

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