So, after some looking I finally found a pre-lock shrouded-hammer S&W J-frame -- a model 49-1. I have always wanted one of these ugly snub-nosed hunch-backed little things. And after shooting a buddies modern hammerless airweight, I decided I wanted the old Smith action, the option of SA shooting, and no lock, TYVM. I'm loving the little hunchback , but I'm wondering if I can safely run .38 Special +p through it. . . I have found conflicting info on the various forums elsewhere. Some say that the older steel J-frames are stronger than the alloy successors and can safely shoot +p, despite not being rated for it (due to the fact that it wasn't even standardized then). Additionally the model 49-1 was apparently modified from the model 49 by having an additional pin to help with the higher-pressure .38 Spec loads that law enforcement officers were running through their J-frames in the mid-late 80s. but, despite the mod the barrel is stamped .38 Special -- it was not approved for +p ammo. So, I'm wondering if anyone hereabouts has any experience running +p loads through the older steel J-Frames. I'm especially interested the experiences of older-generation law enforcement types who used +p or other hot loads in their steel J-frames. Thanks!