Monday, November 02, 2009

Smith and Wesson Bodyguard Airweight (pre-38)

The Bodyguard Airweight (aka pre-Model 38) was introduced in 1955. That's when I was "introduced". It has the built-up frame to shroud the hammer. This was intended to minimize hammer spur snags on clothing when drawn while allowing manual cocking if desired. I don't suppose that, given the intended use, it is surprising that the airweight/alloy frame version was introduced before the all steel version. The 5-shot cylinder is steel. Most barrels are 2-inches.

My gun came to me from a local collector who was moving it on and was accompanied by its original box.  It doesn't have the tools.

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