A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Pawn Shop Circuit: Nickel Bodyguard

I stopped by Kenny's pawn shop this morning to check his firearms selection. Back in January, Kenny had told me about a Smith & Wesson Model 38 that was hocked. This morning Kenny said the revolver was finally coming out of hock........At noon today. I told Kenny to expect me there for the occasion, and I went on about my Saturday morning rat killing.

At 1205 I darkened Kenny's door. He had not even placed the revolver under the glass yet, but he went into the back room to retrieve it for me to examine. What Kenny had was a perfectly pristine Model 38 in factory polished nickel. Regrettably, the barrel was not pinned, but the condition was superb.

I was almost scared to turn over the tag and look at the price. Kenny knew I wanted this revolver. Would he try to gouge me? I took a look. $225. I broke out my wallet, and asked for a 4471.



Blogger phlegmfatale said...

oooh, pretty.

I'm about to make my first personal handgun purchase soon, and that one would definitely have caught my eye, too.

12:08 AM  
Blogger KIMSON Handicraft Co,. LTD said...

The handgun S&W Nickel had good quality but i checked wood grips.It don't great quality as i think before receive it.

How much for that wood grips?

2:52 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Kim Son, I keep the factory grips on my S&W revolvers....I'm funny that way. I tend to trade with S&W collectors a lot, and the lack of original grips seriously devalues the gun in those circles.

7:03 AM  
Blogger KIMSON Handicraft Co,. LTD said...

Yes,with that best handgun...why handgun collector don't use high end grips?!

8:14 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Because they want the guns as they left the factory.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

while ive never owned any "nickel plated sissy pistols" (tommy lee jones in U.S. Marshalls regarding some stainless semi-auto robert downey jr carried) that is indeed a very snazzy piece...

i just the other day snagged a near new Peruvian Police M10 2" RB for $250 otd...

i LOVE it when these babies pop up...


10:01 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...


10:19 AM  
Anonymous JPG said...

Am I behind the times? I just fill out the form provided, and I know they are altered from time to time. I thought they were still called forms 4473, though. Is the "4471" a different thing, or, as so frequently happens with MY typing, merely a mis-key?

Nice find, 'Zave - - I'd have bought it in an instant. ;)


10:35 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Perhaps it is a 4473..........

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Rabbit said...

That's a good find, X.

I've always liked the Bodyguards, but never owned one. Closest I have these days is a nickeled 36 left to me by my Dad and a pre-36 in .32S&W (about 1957 vintage) which was my Grandmother's nightstand pistol.


11:15 AM  
Anonymous 1894C said...

I have that same model 49, factory nickel, unfired, 1974 vintage, mine's pinned though, but you got a much better deal.

I paid $400 for mine in MA.
See thread over at Kim's place


I put Custom smooth S&W medallioned buffalo horn grips from Ajax and a Tyler T grip. Of course I kept the original grips (the grips on mine have the serial number printed inside, I'm not sure if that's typical).

A super gun, really one of my all time favorites!

Thanks for sharing the story. I've been waiting to hear about it since you mentioned the model 49 a while back.


9:22 AM  
Anonymous 1894C said...

Just a followup to my previous post; while my model 49 does have a pinned barrel it does not have a recessed cylinder. I was assuming when I saw the ad for it.

My model 19 of the same vintage has both, I wonder if S&W produced variants at this time.

Xavier, what is the vintage of your model 49? I would guess by the picture about 1980?

Do you know if S&W ever recessed cylinders on the model 49's?



9:28 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

S&W never recessed the cylinders on any .38 special revolver. Only 357 magnums, 22 LR and I think 44 magnums were recessed, and then only some.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Guns are cheap in the south.

Similar S&Ws up north run around $300+.

7:02 AM  

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