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Getting ready to pick one of these up, anything I shoukd know about them or tricks to do to it or stuff not to do to it, its a 5 shot in .38 special. It is stainless and has pacmyer combat grips on it.

Here are a couple pictures of it.

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Practice. ....,
 

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Well got it home, will update post with y pics after some cleaning, it is clean now, but it is one of my quirks, I always clean a new to me gun just to familiarize myself with it. It's a sweet little piece for sure!
 

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Sweet little shooters. Mine has Hogue grips.
 

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I'm assuming you can dry fire practice these? Does anyone have a manual on teardown? Can someone date it for me?
 

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Thanks renegade, helps a lot!
 

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IMHO, the 60 is pretty much the standard that snubbies are judged by.

I would strongly suggest the "Metro" or "FBI" load, 158 lead SWC hollow point +p for defense.

148 grain full wadcutter target loads are great for practice, and don't wear you gun as much as standard ammo.
 

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My son had one for an approved back up. They were removed from the list as they failed the Plus P test. He gave it to me. What a fine little handgun, I am so glad they were not approved for +P loads.:D
 

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I got some hollow point lead and copper bullets, and some 90 gr jacketed soft point ammo with it, I'm gonna try and find some ammo one night this week and give it a workout next weekend.
 

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Re: Teardown- Don't. No, really- don't. The revolver you bought does NOT require disassembly for cleaning and maintenance- and taking it apart is not advised.

If you plan to carry a speedloader, check that it will work with those grips. I carry speedstrips.
 

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I'm wanting to get some speed strips or speed loaders for it, would also like to get some wooden grips for it, can't wait to shoot it!
 

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Thanks, its just the pic, the trigger is stainless like the rest of the gun!
 

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I'm wanting to get some speed strips or speed loaders for it, would also like to get some wooden grips for it, can't wait to shoot it!
I have a model 36 chromed from the late fifties. Got nice grips from Eagle Grips, and they work with a speed loader. Speed loader and ammo are a small package to carry in your pocket. I was surprised tha first time I fired such a short barrel, but practice does the trick.
 

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I've never fired an snubbie in a centerfire before, I've shot full size 357&44 mags, and snub 22 lr, but I can't wait to shoot this thing, it will only fire 38 sp so I don't think it will break my wrist too bad, gonna order some hks loaders for it and try to get some plinking ammo for it, any idea on a decent holster for it, I can't ccw in Illinois yet, but live on a couple hundred acres so I will carry it as a woods gun for sure.
 

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I've never fired an snubbie in a centerfire before, I've shot full size 357&44 mags, and snub 22 lr, but I can't wait to shoot this thing, it will only fire 38 sp so I don't think it will break my wrist too bad, gonna order some hks loaders for it and try to get some plinking ammo for it, any idea on a decent holster for it, I can't ccw in Illinois yet, but live on a couple hundred acres so I will carry it as a woods gun for sure.
Bianchi has a nice leather IWB that I use.
 

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Thanks, ill look into one tomorrow for it, in definitely gonna order a couple speed loaders for it as well and a pouch to carry them in, I'm stoked to shoot this thing, I emailed smith with the serial number to see when it was made, cool little revolver and beautiful to boot, I'm in love with it so far. I'm assuming I can dry fire practice this until I get some snap caps for it.
 

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Smith just emailed me back it was manufacrured in 1969, and they told me to not fire +p ammo in it, so I will go and try to find some that isn't for plinking, is there any ammo out there for defense that isn't +p or should I keep it loaded with them anyways?
 

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I had one just like this, the trigger is a matte silver by comparison to the rest of the pistol.
Me, I didn't LOVE the pistol, too much snap for me. And since I have a .380 for carry, I had no need for it, so I sold it for about $250, which was what I paid for it 13 years ago.
 
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