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ALUMINUM CYLINDER PRE-37 CHIEF SPECIAL AIRWEIGHT WITH RARE SQUARE BUTT FRAME, MADE 1952-54
RARELY ENCOUNTERED ALUMINUM CYLINDER PRE-37 CHIEF SPECIAL AIRWEIGHT REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL AND VERY RARE SQUARE BUTT FRAME, #28XXX, MADE IN 1952-1954. Only 3,777 of these small “J” frame revolvers were made with aluminum cylinders and of this number only 900 were produced with square butt. Many, if not most, of these .38 Special “Mid-Range” chambered revolvers have had their cylinders replaced with safer steel cylinders. Today, it is considered unsafe to fire one of these that still retains the original aluminum cylinder! An example with matching aluminum cylinder would be considered a true S&W rarity. An original square butt with matching aluminum cylinder is even more rare. This example has matching numbers on the barrel, frame and cylinder. It was finished in a kind of black finish that stuck to the aluminum almost like paint because normal blue only works on steel. This aluminum blacking tends to chip and peel easily. This revolver shows most of the black with only light scattered speckling mainly on the edges and bottom of the trigger guard from handling/holster carry. There are excellent case colors on the trigger and hammer. The bore is bright and mechanically it is excellent. The diamond checkered grips fit well and are correct, but not numbered to this revolver. It has the correct flat latch, pinned barrel and four-screw frame. An almost never seen variation. $895.
Manufacturer: SMITH & WESSON
Model: PRE-37 WITH ALUMINUM CYLINDER
Serial Number: 28XXX
Caliber Info: .38 SPECIAL