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Age of S&W 38 Special

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by nsooakes1, Apr 2, 2011.

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  1. nsooakes1

    nsooakes1 Member

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    I just purchased a S&W nickle placed 38 Special, Serial No. ADE8895 which was on the bottom of the gun handle. I purchased the gun for self-protection after a breakin. I am just curious to know its age.
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    ADE8895 would put it about Nov, 1983.

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    Thanks you so much for such a quick reply.
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Open the cylinder and read the model number stamped inside the frame.

    We might be able to tell you more.

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    Model 49
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    SO, it is a steel frame Bodyguard model.
    The Airweight, alloy frame version is the Model 38.

    The hammer is semi-covered by the frame hump-back to prevent snagging in a pocket.

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    Thanks again. I don't care much for the nickle plating--it shows every fingerprint. I am not familiar with guns at all, but was told this would be an easier gun to use. You have been very helpful and I do appreciate it.
     
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    now get out there and shoot it, then shoot some more...then shoot it some more
    the nickel should make it a bit easier to clean/wipe down...but dont use a particular nitro solvent...dont remember which one but you dont want it to peel the plating off
    anyone remember???
     
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    Many of the powder solvents are not for use on nickel. Hoppe's Nitro Powder Solvent, everyone's favorite solvent and after-shave is noted for its potential to damage nickel. I would use Breakfree CLP or a similar product, both for cleaning the bore & cylinder and for lubing/oiling. Slop it on, wipe it off.
     
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