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New to me (Old) S&W Model 37 Chiefs Special Airweight

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Bandit67, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. Bandit67

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    Found this beauty at the gun show yesterday. I've been hankering for a snubnose and this was just too nice to pass up. My first snubby and first J frame. Looks almost new. I entered the info on the date S&W revolvers thread but I think it was made in 1960 or 1961.
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  2. 1KPerDay

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    Great choice. Classic. Congrats!
     
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  3. Nathanael_Greene

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    Wow, that's pretty!
     
  4. ontarget

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    I love the J Frames. I have a few and carry a Taurus copy but I try to jump on the J Frames to add to the collection/accumulation if I see good deals on the older ones. Yours looks very nice.
     
  5. JERRY

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    nice gun. I thought the flat latch was dropped in '59.
     
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    That is a very nice looking revolver. It looks almost new. Congrats! :D
     
  7. Bandit67

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    I'm guessing the date because the parts list in the box says prices good as of January1960, minimum order 50 cents. Lol.
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  8. J-Bar

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    Great find.

    I you shoot it start with mild loads. Never any +Ps. I found the original grips uncomfortable; trigger guard rapped my middle finger painfully. My wife uses Crimson Trace grips and handles hers well.
     
  9. Jonesy814

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    Wow! Really sweet model 37. The flat latches were used in some models including this one until the mid 60's but based on your documents, 60 or 61 is probably right
     
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    Great find. They used the flat latch until the mid 60's in some models. The standard catalog says serial number 295000 was the beginning of 1962 so for a 60-61 you should be just a little lower
     
  11. Bandit67

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    Yep. Eddietruett says 1960 or 1961.
     
  12. CharliesHammer

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    Nice score, beautiful and reliable. I'd like to find one that nice without having to sell a kidney;).
     
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    Nice flat latch. i have a Square Butt 37 from 1981. I shoot the Buffalo Bore standard pressure 158 LSWCHP with no problems in it.
     
  14. JFrame

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    Congrats to the OP! :thumbup:

    Man... I can't believe how "fresh" she looks! :)

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  15. bannockburn

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    Awesome gun show find! I use to be a big fan of the Model 36 and Model 37 snubbies though I also had a sweet spot for the 3" barrel versions too! Somewhere along the line I went with the Model 38 with it's shrouded hammer and never looked back. Nowadays I have my choice between a Model 649 or else a Model 638. Both are well built and dependable CCW guns.
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    Years of good shooting fun for you and your new "little buddy". 'Gratz.
     
  17. fastbolt

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    Congrats. :) Nice find.

    Today's ammunition options offer a lot more choices in standard pressure loads for the older Airweights. :)

    I have a M37-2 which was part of a special production order made for an off-shore police contract. It was produced as a DAO Airweight, on the older short frame, using forged and machined parts, etc. The M37DAO. The order fell through and S&W released the guns on the commercial market through some of their vendors several years ago.

    After discussing it with some folks at the factory, I only use standard pressure loads in it (even though some units of the order apparently ended up receiving 442 barrels that were marked for +P, instead of the standard 37 barrels). I settled on using standard pressure 110gr JHP loads, ranging from Federal's Hydra-Shok, to W-W's STHP and now to the Hornady FTX/CD load. I like that little 37 so much that I'd only carry WC's or 158gr LSWC's, if I could have access to standard pressure JHP's of modern design.

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  18. OrangePwrx9

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    Got one almost like it (not a flat-latch). S/N date was '68. Like yours, looked unfired and I got the box.

    Put rubber grips on it. In my pocket as I type.
     
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