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What you have is a Chief's Special Airweight. It was made before there WERE model numbers. Later it would become the model 37. The flat cylinder latch was indicative of an early gun. The very first had an aluminum CYLINDER. This was replaced by steel due to cracking. If a magnet does not stick to your cylinder, I would NOT shoot it.

If the cylinder IS steel, then limit your loads to standard .38 Special. Your revolver is most definitely NOT a +P gun. The Air Force had an all alumium version called the Baby Aircrewman- they used very light 130 gr FMJ, or more commonly- .38 Special flares.
 

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Robert- do not know that the S&W is a highly sought after collector's gun, but yes, there is some interest in any of the older S&Ws. However- for a collector's piece- condition, condition, condition. And yours DOES show signs of honest wear.

FWIW, I bought one for my stepmom after my dad passed away in '95. She still has it. Stay away from super hot loads, and it should do fine. Nice piece.
 
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