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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:32:39 PM EST
Can anybody tell me anything about this pistol. Especially what it may be worth. A friend of my brother's is hard up for cash and wanting to sell it ASAP. He said that he has till tomorrow to make an offer, or it goes to the pawn shop. The problem is , my brother knows exactly jack shit about guns and I know exactly jack shit about old revolvers. All I know is what's in the picture. Smith & Wesson Airweight.

Any help would be appreciated?





Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:33:58 PM EST
It's identical t my fathers' revolver.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:35:34 PM EST
be about 350 in a gun shop round here.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:35:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By MonkTx:
It's identical t my fathers' revolver.


What's your father's revolver worth

Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:36:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 5:37:39 PM EST by ODA_564]
The serial number would give an approximate date of manufacture.

Otherwise, .38 Special S&W Airweight.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:37:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By FlashHole:
Originally Posted By MonkTx:
It's identical t my fathers' revolver.


What's your father's revolver worth

About tree-fiddy.

Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:37:47 PM EST
Smith and Wesson Model 37 Airweight
$350 to $400
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:38:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 5:38:37 PM EST by Tim_the_enchanter]
A model 37 round butt. Looks used hard. Carried hard anyway. Pin and recessed is always a consideration, but the over all condition negates most of the pre 81 desirability. $250.00 tops. That's is if the timing, lockup, forcing cone are in solid condition.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:38:11 PM EST

250-300 Looks like pitting on the cylinder.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:38:15 PM EST
It's a S&W 38 special probably a model 36, does it have a flat latch or standard. Pinned barrel recessed chamber I'll bet as well.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:38:16 PM EST
Originally Posted By ODA_564:
The serial number would give an approximate date of manufacture.


Is age a big factor in it's value? It's probably not worth much, but it might be a chance to pick up a decent little pistol for cheap.

Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:38:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 5:43:11 PM EST by familyman357]
Airweight, eh? Well, if the grips are original, it looks to be a pre-1968 Model 37.
Looks like it has some rust/pitting.
Make sure the frame isn't cracked on the underside flat where the barrel enters the (aluminum) receiver. While not at all common, that's a not-unknown issue that renders the gun unsafe and therefore worthless.

Assuming no crack and everything works OK, I'd say about $250'ish (the pitting puts a hit on the value).

Nice little carry gun, but nothing special.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:38:53 PM EST
That's my daily carry weapon!

In that condition I'd say about $285.00 - $325.00 as it is a older pinned version.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:39:10 PM EST
Chief's Special, airweight. The timing on the cylinder can go out easily but can be corrected by a competent gunsmith. In excellent condition they can get around $500. The one pictured is worth around $400. They make for an excellent CCW piece, but are a PITA to shoot.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:41:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
A model 37 round butt. Looks used hard. Carried hard anyway. Pin and recessed is always a consideration, but the over all condition negates most of the pre 81 desirability. $250.00 tops. That's is if the timing, lockup, forcing cone are in solid condition.


I was going to say about that.

I'd offer 200 bucks. That's more than he's going to get
from a pawn shop.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:41:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By familyman357:
Airweight, eh? Well, if the grips are original, it looks to be a pre-1968 Model 37.
Looks like it has some rust/pitting.
Make sure the frame isn't cracked on the underside flat where the barrel enters the (aluminum) receiver. While not at all common, that's a not-unknown issue that renders the gun unsafe and therefore worthless.

Assuming no crack and everything works OK, I'd say about $250'ish.

I read this and was thinking "Now, how the hell is an aluminum revolver going to get rust pitting?' But then I remembered those cheap basards at S&W didn't make the whole thing out of aluminum.



Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:41:38 PM EST
$200.00 is more than a pawn shop will offer him for it.

That's the number I'd start with.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:42:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 5:43:30 PM EST by FlashHole]
Thanks all! Arfcom GD rocks

ETA.......I'm telling my brother $150-$200 tops. If the frame isn't cracked anywhere.

Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:45:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 5:52:56 PM EST by familyman357]
Originally Posted By MonkTx:

Originally Posted By familyman357:
Airweight, eh? Well, if the grips are original, it looks to be a pre-1968 Model 37.
Looks like it has some rust/pitting.
Make sure the frame isn't cracked on the underside flat where the barrel enters the (aluminum) receiver. While not at all common, that's a not-unknown issue that renders the gun unsafe and therefore worthless.

Assuming no crack and everything works OK, I'd say about $250'ish.

I read this and was thinking "Now, how the hell is an aluminum revolver going to get rust pitting?' But then I remembered those cheap basards at S&W didn't make the whole thing out of aluminum.





Well, they did try to do that once.....
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:52:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 5:53:46 PM EST by Cavscouty]
It's a 36 isn't it?

eta: But yeah offer 200.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:54:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By Cavscouty:
It's a 36 isn't it?


No, the "Airweight" designates it as having an aluminum frame. It's a 37.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:55:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By FlashHole:
Thanks all! Arfcom GD rocks

ETA.......I'm telling my brother $150-$200 tops. If the frame isn't cracked anywhere.



If you are unsure, just tell the dude you will give $25 more than the pawn shop offers.

Everyone profits.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:55:41 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 5:56:46 PM EST by familyman357]
Delayed doubletap.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 6:07:10 PM EST
Originally Posted By Thoughtcrime:
Originally Posted By FlashHole:
Thanks all! Arfcom GD rocks

ETA.......I'm telling my brother $150-$200 tops. If the frame isn't cracked anywhere.



If you are unsure, just tell the dude you will give $25 more than the pawn shop offers.

Everyone profits.


I don't think my brother really wants it unless it's a desirable gun to have and he can get it for a steal.

Link Posted: 11/19/2012 6:50:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By familyman357:
Originally Posted By Cavscouty:
It's a 36 isn't it?


No, the "Airweight" designates it as having an aluminum frame. It's a 37.


Oh cool, I didn't look close enough, I see it now.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 7:02:41 PM EST
Old school special.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 7:10:49 PM EST
$275 tops here and that being generous. Box and accoutrements would make a difference though.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:15:06 AM EST
Looks good to me, light reloads for this revolver.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:23:31 AM EST

Originally Posted By TDCJBoss:
Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
A model 37 round butt. Looks used hard. Carried hard anyway. Pin and recessed is always a consideration, but the over all condition negates most of the pre 81 desirability. $250.00 tops. That's is if the timing, lockup, forcing cone are in solid condition.


I was going to say about that.

I'd offer 200 bucks. That's more than he's going to get
from a pawn shop.

I agree. $200-225 tops.

If he wants more he can try selling it to someone else.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:23:46 AM EST
Prolly an old department trade-in. $200 tops.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:26:24 AM EST

Originally Posted By FlashHole:
Can anybody tell me anything about this pistol. Especially what it may be worth. A friend of my brother's is hard up for cash and wanting to sell it ASAP. He said that he has till tomorrow to make an offer, or it goes to the pawn shop. The problem is , my brother knows exactly jack shit about guns and I know exactly jack shit about old revolvers. All I know is what's in the picture. Smith & Wesson Airweight.

Any help would be appreciated?

http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n477/mackattack2005/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Snub%20Nose/100_5892.jpg

http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n477/mackattack2005/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Snub%20Nose/100_5891.jpg


I would pay 275$ for that all day.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:51:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By FlashHole:
Originally Posted By ODA_564:
The serial number would give an approximate date of manufacture.


Is age a big factor in it's value? It's probably not worth much, but it might be a chance to pick up a decent little pistol for cheap.



Determines the type of model (pinned ad recessed, etc.). Condition determines price within subtype ("like new in box" down to "poor"). These are pretty common (lots were made, even if they are all sitting in safes and out of circulation) and would have to be a very rare variation to overcome the general condition - for example, a pre-1954 alloy cylinder (which should not be fired).

That was made before 1993 (S&W deleted "Airweight" on the barrel in 1993). It has a pinned and recessed barrel which dates it to before 1982. The screw pattern (what I can see) makes it post-1961.

New in box (which it ain't) might get you as much as $400. As it is (without physical inspection), $200 is probably a bit high.

Your brother's friend probably thinks it's some rare unobtanium shit that is worth gazillons. It isn't. S&W made thousands and that one's been used.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 4:39:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
A model 37 round butt. Looks used hard. Carried hard anyway. Pin and recessed is always a consideration, but the over all condition negates most of the pre 81 desirability. $250.00 tops. That's is if the timing, lockup, forcing cone are in solid condition.


+1

LGS would likely offer 175 or so.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 4:42:12 AM EST
Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:
Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
A model 37 round butt. Looks used hard. Carried hard anyway. Pin and recessed is always a consideration, but the over all condition negates most of the pre 81 desirability. $250.00 tops. That's is if the timing, lockup, forcing cone are in solid condition.


+1

LGS would likely offer 175 or so.


What they said. Very poor condition. The pawnshop btw is going to offer him about $60. Price accordingly.

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