I have an old 38 S & W SPL, serial number - 7J1XXX. Can anyone tell me how old it is? Is it a Chief's Special? Any info will be greatly appreciated.
That serial number series was used for several models. When you open the cylinder, you'll see the model number stamped on the frame just above where the yoke pivots.
A model 36 is a Chiefs Special
A model 37 is a Chiefs Special Airweight
A model 38 is a Bodyguard Airweight
And a model 49 is a Bodyguard