Smith and Wesson revolver manufacture date request and questions
I have an old .38 special Smith and Wesson revolver, with a swing out cylinder, 6 shot, fixed sights, 5" barrel, bearing serial number 377xxx. The grip panels look like walnut, with an elongated diamond raised area inside a panel with checkering, with the grip screws going through the middle of the raised diamonds. The grips also have a metal looking, goldish colored, 3/8" diameter S&W emblem embedded in the top area of each grip panel above the checkered panel.
I called S&W to obtain the date of manufacture; however, their guy said their computer did not reach back that far, but he guessed it to be pre-WWII, possibly 1920s or 1930s.
Can anybody provide me with the approximate date of manufacture?
Does it have enough collector value to not re-blue, etc.? (I realize that its value depends on its condition to a large degree, and this one has some rough spots, some missing bluing, some minor rust pits here and there, etc. - if it is just a shooter, then I may clean it up a little bit with some new finish, etc.)
Is it OK to shoot modern, factory loaded standard .38 special loads, but no +p stuff?
Thanks in advance for any help and advice.