S&W Model 36--date and value


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Cosmoline
July 29, 2003, 01:08 AM
Found a very nice, tight S&W Model 36. Marked "36-2" with a THREE DIGIT serial number. Does this mean it's from the 1950 run? I don't have a S&W SN book here. Sweet revolver, anyway. It *says* 1950's even if it isn't from the '50's.

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Mike Irwin
July 29, 2003, 02:17 AM
36-2 with a 3-digit serial number?

I don't think so.

The 36-2 dropped in 1988, and designated the new yoke retention system on the taper barreled gun.

On that gun the serial number should have 3 letters in front of 4 digits.

firestar
July 29, 2003, 03:55 AM
Prices will vary from state to state but I think $300 would be tops. Probably, $250 is what you should expect to pay for one in excellent condition but again, values depend on location. I got a 36-1 with a 3" bbl for $175 but it had a little finish wear and a weak trigger return spring. The 3" bbl will either be higher or lower than the 2" bbl version depending on who is selling it and how much you want it.:D

Cosmoline
July 29, 2003, 01:56 PM
Double checked. I was looking at the wrong SN. The real one is BDN-42**. Thanks for the heads up on that.

Mike Irwin
July 29, 2003, 02:05 PM
That would be sometime after October 1988, I believe.

Cosmoline
July 29, 2003, 03:24 PM
Thanks! That was a good year for me. NICE CCW revolver, though I don't like the grips quite as well as Colt's.

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