First of all i need to get this thing home. From what i read i need to ship the gun through a FFL to another FFL in order to get it from tennessee to texas. That right? Second i was wondering if anyone can help me figure out the manufacture date or a ballpark figure on how old this gun is. My mother says it is older than me so it is at least 21 years old. She is not sure though since my grandfather most likely won it at a chicken fight(i found the gun loaded with hollow points, the 38 he gave to my aunt was loaded with one regular round which he told her to shoot through the door and the rest were dum dums. He also told her to hide it if she ever had to use it ). The left side of the barrel says "Smith & Wesson" the right says "38 S.& W. Special CTG". The SN on the bottom of the grip is S 85014 which is also visible on the frame in the channel where the extractor fits.. The grip is wood (i think) with a diamond pattern with a single screw going through the middle with a large diamond around it. The bottom of the grip is square. Sorry for the huge description and no pics. I didnt bring my camera to my grandma's house. Put 18 rounds through it and it worked flawlessly. didnt have any ear protection though, left me ringing till next morning.