I picked up a Model 37 recently. Serial #4309xx, which I believe to be a 1951 vintage. It came with a smoothbore slug barrel on it, matching the same serial. Looking at the only information I have on the subject, Standard Catalog of Firearms, the "Deerslayer" option was not available until 1959. This barrel is not marked "Deerslayer" and I don't know if any were marked as such. I'm wondering if anyone here knows more on the subject. Was this option available earlier but not named at that time? Could the gun have been sent back to the factory for a slug barrel once the barrel was introduced, and they added the matching serial? Tough to tell after all these years, but the barrel seems to show equal wear and age as the gun itself.....
If it makes a difference, this is a 16b.
Last edited by JimfromTrafalgar; 10/22/09 09:02 AM.