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Old 05-19-2009, 05:54 PM   #1
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but I came accross an old snub-nosed .38 Special recently and am trying to find out more about it. If anyone could tell me more, I would be very grateful.

The serial # is J518xxx. On the side of the barrel it reads "Airweight" and ".38 SPL. CTG." just below that. The metal parts have a glossy black finish. I have the original box with all of the bits of paper (warranty info, maintenance manual, etc) that came with it.

I'm trying to find a manufacture date and possible resale value (if any). Thanks for any help!
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:20 PM   #2
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call smith and wesson I am sure they can tell you when it was made by the serial number.

as for price that depends on a lot of things. how well the cylinder locks up how is the bluing has it been modified in any way.
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I expect you have a Model 442 Centennial Airweight with a 1 7/8" barrel, it was manufactured between 1993 -1995. Depending on condition like new is $415, slightly worn (90%) is $255 based on the Blue book of gun values 2009. Keep in mind that is a general value and if in reasonable condition I would expect it to sell on the high end considering what firearm prices are doing. I hope this helps.

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