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[PICS] NIB Model 37 - lucky find

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by NCBeagle, Sep 10, 2008.

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  1. NCBeagle

    NCBeagle Member

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    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:

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

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    1972 appears correct, the book shows J serial #s 1971-1972 ranging from 1J1-999J99
     
  3. NCBeagle

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    Thanks.
     
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    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." ;)
     
  5. NCBeagle

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    Shade00,

    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.
     
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    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.

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    Beautiful x 2. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I dig that Model 60.

    EDIT: The grips are great.
     
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    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.
     
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    Mr. Beagle

    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.
     
  10. NCBeagle

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

    Nice Beagle!
     
  13. Trebor

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    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:
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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. ;)
     
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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    The K frame T-grip will work with your L frame guns.
     
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    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.
     
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    Pretty gun, and a pretty Beagle too! Don't have a S&W wheelgun anymore, but I do have two sweet Beagle girls!
     
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    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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