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New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« on: November 30, 2009, 12:33:40 AM »
Dateline:  November 27th, 2009.  Approximately 11:00am.

Location: T's house.

Phone rings.

"Yo T!  It's G.  What's going on buddy?"

T:  "Nothin'.  Just watching National Geographic.  What's up brother?"

G:  "Well, I was at work last night and one of the old women that lives in the tower came down and dropped off a bag at my security desk.  Had a couple revolvers in it."

T:  "Really."

G:  "Yeah.  She found them in her closet.  I guess they belonged to her husband.  He died six or so years ago.  Anyway, she said she wanted them out of there and told me to see what I could get for them."

T:  "Nice.  What are they?"

G:  "Well, they're both snub-nosed.  One says 'Charter Arms Undercover'.  The other's a Smith & Wesson, but I don't know what model.  It's blued and has a small grip."

T:  "Hmmm.  Small, eh?  J-frame probably."

G:  "Yeah.  I thought I'd give you a call and see if you know anything that could help me price them and sell them."

T:  "Are you thinking on buying them?"

G:  "Mmmm.  I dunno.  Wasn't really thinking I would.  Figured they'd go to a pawn shop.  How much you think they're worth?"

T:  "Ahhhh... well, I don't have a current price guide, but assuming they're in good condition my guess would be that the Undercover goes for about $125 or so.  The Smith, probably $300 to $350.  But at a pawn shop isn't going to give you that.  You'll probably be lucky to get $100 for both."

G:  "Huh.  Well, you know anyone who'd want them?"

T:  "Of course I do.  Me."

<laughs>

G:  "Alright.  Let's meet up and you can check them out."

T:  "Cool."


Dateline:  Same day.  Approximately 3pm.

Location: G's house.

G:  "So here they are.  I was thinking, maybe I would like one of them.  I kind of like the Undercover."

T:  "Let's have a look."

Opens bag and removes two snub-nosed revolvers, both in leather holsters.  Both are unloaded.  Assorted loose .38 S&W rounds and one full box of Magtech .38 ammo are also in the bag.

The first, a Charter Arms Undercover, is in very good condition.  The cylinder locks up tight and the flash-gap is nearly invisible.  There are extremely minor and incomplete turn lines.  The grips are in good shaped with no scratches.  The accompanying leather holster is marked "Hunter" and fits like a glove.

The second is revealed to be a Smith & Wesson Model 49 Bodyguard.  It as well is in very good condition.  The cylinder locks up tight and the flash-gap is razor thin when held up to the light.  It's a pre-1982 model as evidenced by the pinned barrel.  There are faint and incomplete turn lines.  The grips are in good shape with no scratches and both sides still have the S&W medallions.  The accompanying leather holster is marked "Handmade by Viking" and is loose, obviously made for a larger revolver, likely a K frame.

T:  "These are nice."  <thinks a moment>  "What's this woman's deal?  Was her husband a cop or something?"

G:  "I dunno.  She's just this rich old lady that lives up near the penthouse.  She was clearing out the closet and found 'em.  Said they belonged to her late husband.  Her son didn't want them and she just wants them gone."

T:  <sigh... more thinking>  "Hmmm.  Alright.  How about this?  You said you wanted the Undercover?"

G:  "Yeah."

T:  "Ok.  Tell her I'll give her $300 for both.  Then I'll sell the Undercover to you for $75.  That's a pretty good deal for all of us.  She's not getting screwed, but we're still getting a good deal too."

G:  "Let me call her."

G dials up the old lady.

G:  "Hello.  Miss Xxxxx?  This is Gxxxxx Cxxxx, the building security officer you gave the pistols too?  I have a guy here who will give you $300 for both of them.  He said that..." ... "Ok." ... "Yes ma'am.  I'll tell him.  I'll see you Sunday evening.  Thank you Miss Xxxxxx."  <hangs up phone>  "She said take it.  Didn't even let me finish talking."

T:  "Cool.  Let's hit the ATM.  Beers and wings on me after."

G:  "Cool."

****

So I picked up a new gun Friday evening.  According to the Standard Catalog, I wasn't far off from the date of manufacture.  The serial number reveals it was made in 1979/80, two years before the pinned barrel was discontinued.



I just love J-frames!  :cool

This is the Charter Arms Undercover that G took...


(Phone camera picture)


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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2009, 12:58:10 AM »
Nice score!

Next step is to try it out at 100 yards  ;D
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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2009, 01:05:58 AM »
Man that sounds like the coolest phone call in a while!   :devillol  Very nice pickup you got there man!
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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2009, 01:17:36 AM »
You lucky dog!
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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2009, 07:12:07 AM »
Way cool . . . I'm jealous.

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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2009, 07:22:07 PM »
Nice score!  My dad had one just like the one in your picture (mid 1970s) that he gave to one of his friends a few years before I got back into guns, I sure would like to have it now!  :doh




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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2009, 11:53:53 PM »
So is that supposed to be "hammer-less?"  What's the deal with the hidden hammer?
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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2009, 12:01:46 AM »
So is that supposed to be "hammer-less?"  What's the deal with the hidden hammer?

This is an example of a shrouded hammer rather than hammerless, you can see the edge of the hammer with just enough showing to cock it or single action shooting if you really wanted to. Even hammerless is a misnomer, such revolvers have hammers, they're just completely enclosed by the frame and can only be fired double action.

Both variations are to eliminate the risk of having a hammer spur catch on something (like clothing) at an inopportune time.
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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2009, 12:06:44 AM »
That's why I figured all along (by that I mean when I started to grasp a better understanding of guns).  I remember when I was little and I saw a revolver like that in a book; I had a WTF reaction.
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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2009, 01:56:06 AM »
These things never happen to me.
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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2009, 02:22:34 AM »
You know... I used to say that all the time.  Then one day I looked around and lo and behold, I was the resident "gun guy" among my non-gunny friends.  Heh.  Didn't see that one coming.

So when the calls goes out, I'm the guy most likely to get it.

Kind of like how if I need glass, George is the guy I'm going to call.  Or if I need a gun mangled, Jesse is the guy I'm going to call.  ;D

You just have to be kind of a freak about guns to your friends to the point that when they see a gun they instantly think of you.  (Sometimes however that's not always a good thing.)


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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2009, 05:30:09 AM »
Cross reference:  http://www.snubnose.info/docs/bodyguard.htm

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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2009, 05:50:50 AM »
Nice score, T. Saw this one on FB earlier, too.

You know... I used to say that all the time.  Then one day I looked around and lo and behold, I was the resident "gun guy" among my non-gunny friends.  Heh.  Didn't see that one coming.

So when the calls goes out, I'm the guy most likely to get it.

Kind of like how if I need glass, George is the guy I'm going to call.  Or if I need a gun mangled, Jesse is the guy I'm going to call.  ;D

You just have to be kind of a freak about guns to your friends to the point that when they see a gun they instantly think of you.  (Sometimes however that's not always a good thing.)


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OTOH, my mom had a woman she worked with who found her estranged husband's gun, just wanted it gone, and instead of telling me in time to take advantage of it, she tells me a "crazy story" a week later. Mom now has specific instructions that if such a situation ever happens again, where someone just wants some gun to go away, to offer them $100 on the spot, THEN call me to tell me about it.
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Re: New gun: S&W Model 49 Bodyguard
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2009, 10:52:12 AM »
Even my dad calls me about gun stuff and he's been at it much longer than me.

That Charter is nicer looking than mine.
Good deal for both of you.

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