Originally Posted by JusticeForAll
My father just gave me my first handgun to use for protection of my first home. However it is an older model (198x) and I am trying to determine if I can use a +p round in it.
Its a S&W Air weight Bodyguard .38 spl.
Serial Number is BBT9xxx
Can someone tell date it for me, and possibly tell me if it would be dangerous/damaging to the firearm to use a +p round?
Your Model 38 dates to late 1988. S&W did not warranty their Airweight J-frame revolvers for use with +P ammo until 1994. It probably won't blow the gun up or anything, but it will definitely accelerate wear and tear beyond what the gun is rated to handle.