Smith & Wesson S&W Model 49 Bodyguard .38 Spl 2″ Revolver 1981

SOLD FOR: $780.00

WOA#: WY240327DC010

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: 49 Bodyguard

Serial Number: J816172

Year of Manufacture: 1981

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: Double Action/Single Action 5-Shot Swing Out Cylinder and Shrouded Hammer

Markings: The right side of the barrel is marked “38 S.&W. SPL.”. The right side of the frame is marked with the four-line marcas registradas address. The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The left side of the frame is marked with the S&W logo. The yoke cut is marked “MOD-49”. The yoke and sides of the grip frame are marked with inspection marks. The butt is marked with the serial number.

Barrel Length: 2” Pinned

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade integral to the tapered barrel rib. The rear sight is a square notch before a U-channel in the top strap.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood magna stocks with S&W monogram medallions. There are some light handling marks, no major defects. The checkering is mostly strong. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Nickel

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. 

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few light handling marks. There are some little oil stains on the left side of the frame around the cylinder release. There is a turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double-action trigger pull is smooth and the single action is crisp. The cylinder locks up with some side-to-side play. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching two-piece box with metal reinforced corners, cleaning rod, brush, and paperwork including the manual.

Our Assessment: The models 38, 49, and 649 offered a compromise not found in many other revolvers. Typically, you can either have a fully enclosed hammer to prevent snags, which prevents use in single-action, or you can have an exposed hammer which can snag but allows precise single-action use. These models, with aluminum, steel, and stainless steel frames respectively, allow both by having a shroud which leaves only the serrated hammer spur exposed. This prevents snagging and allows for single-action use, the best of both worlds. This Model 49 is a compact, snag-free revolver which is still capable of precise shooting when necessary. This one looks great and comes with much of what it did brand new, it is ready to become part of your collection so drop a bid. Please see our photos and good luck on your bid. Enjoy the auction. -K.F.

Smith & Wesson S&W Model 49 Bodyguard .38 Spl 2" Revolver 1981
Smith & Wesson S&W Model 49 Bodyguard .38 Spl 2″ Revolver 1981