Can you give be a DOB and any other interesting points on my S&W Model 38 (no dash) Bodyguard, 38 special, 5 shot, nichel finish, serial - J963*** ?
DOB would be 1982. The M38 (essentially an alloy-frame version of the M49, which came later, so I guess it would be more correct to say that the M49 is the steel-frame version of the M38) was introduced as the Bodyguard Airweight in 1955, prior to model numbering which began in 1957, and was discontinued in 1999. The 'no-dash' was replaced by the -1 in 1988. Does yours have the pinned barrel? That feature was deleted in 1982, so I guess you may or may not have it.