Hi guys, can you help with my pistos?
I have ordered The Standard Catalog Of S&W's, but while I am waiting for my copy to arrive, could you nice people help me date a couple of S&W snubbies?
One is a blued Model 38 Airweight, with AWT4873 stamped on the bottom of the grip. It also has "MOD-38" stamped on the frame where the yoke (?) swings out and has "931XX" stamped on the swinging part. There is also a larger newer looking "A6" stamped just below the "931XX". The "931XX" is also stamped on the bottom of the grip, on the left side, with "3477" stamped on the right side..
The second pistol is a blued Model 49, with 4J2818 stamped on the bottom of the grip. It also has "MOD-49" stamped on the frame where the yoke (?) swings out and has "16997" stamped on the swinging part. The "16997" is also stamped on the bottom of the grip, on the left side.
These are both J-frame .38 Special revolvers with case hardened triggers and hammers (with blued firing pins), and the barrels measure 1 7/8 inches from the front of the cylinder.
Can you helpful folks tell me anything about my guns from those numbers? Manufacturing or shipping dates? Does the 931XX mean anything 'special'?
Thanks for your time!