I've got an Airweight with SN 776Jxx that was willed to me. Can you give me a date, and specifically, what does the SN mean, i.e. 776, then a J, then two more numbers. Is there a pattern? Does the J denote "J" frame?
The S/N means it was a J frame from 1971 or 72, probably 1972. The "J" in this case DOES mean it was a J frame, but that is not a standard thing in S&W numbers as, until 1980, different numbering schema were applied to different models.