New acquisition (Model 36) and yet another good buying experience


July 27, 2008, 12:10 AM
One or two of you may have read my "Good buying story" thread here...

During that trip I scored a $50 gift card. So the wife and I are bored and she suggests a trip to Cabela's (remembering that I had the gift card). We roll over and poke around for a bit.

Upon doing a circuit through the Gun Library I spot an S&W Model 36 sitting under the glass priced at $399. Hmmmm. I wasn't sure how much they were worth or if that was a good price, but it sure was purty. I asked to see it.

I've always been enamored with these little guns. They invoke images of old gangster movies, old cop stories, Michael Corleone, ect. ;) I'm a bit of a history buff. In all honesty, I was pretty much set on buying it even if it was a bit over priced. I had the money and I really wanted it. $399 didn't seem too out of control to me.

So I'm standing there fondling it and my wife, being the ever thrifty person she is, whispers to me to ask if they'll take anything off the price. I thought that was a bit silly actually being that I was in a big chain store. But I know her and she wasn't going to let that go. If I didn't ask, she would have which would be a tad embarrassing. :o Soooo, I ask...

"How set in stone is this price?"

The guy smiles and explains that they never really lower the prices until a gun has been there for 90 or more days. Then he adds...

"But I'll take $50 off."

WHOA! Didn't see that one coming. Cool beans! "I'll take it!" I say immediately.

I fill out the paperwork and leave Cabela's, once again, a happy camper. $349 with a $50 gift card (comped by the manager in the earlier story). $299 out of my pocket.

While inspecting the pistol I was running through Jim March's checkout and this revolver passed. Locks up real tight. Flash gap looks good. Timing looks good. There are turn lines, but they are incomplete and the rest of the bluing is perfect as near as I can tell.

A look in the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson tells me that this revolver was manufactured around December 1987. The SCSW pretty much told me anything I wanted to know. For its condition, the book says this revolver should go for about $425 so I think I did ok.

But, one thing I couldn't find... I'm wondering about that last number under "Spec. Ord." on the box. Anybody know anything about that?

(Note that I Photoshopped the last four digits of the serial. That's not the actual number. ;) But all the other numbers are actual.)


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July 27, 2008, 12:43 AM
I think you did really really really good!

July 27, 2008, 09:40 AM

Great deal; and as someone else told me years ago, it never hurts to ask if that's their lowest price. I have always had a soft spot for Model 36's, especially the 3" variety with the round butt. Another good buying experience; way to go.

July 27, 2008, 09:42 AM
Congrats on a fine pistol.

July 27, 2008, 02:15 PM
Nothing wrong with that. I am personally a huge fan of J-frame Smiths. Can't get enough of 'em. I like mine pinned, but I wouldn't have passed that up at $349. So yeah, you did good. ;)

July 27, 2008, 05:44 PM
Super dam Duper! :D

July 27, 2008, 06:52 PM
Good deal, makes me wish there was a Cabela's here in SC. :(

July 27, 2008, 07:06 PM
Congrats. I have a vintage 1964 Model 36. I love mine and I'm sure that you will love yours!

July 27, 2008, 07:33 PM

July 27, 2008, 07:43 PM
I love my 1979 vintage Model 36 Chiefs Special. It is nearly identical to the one you just purchased. You do know about Tyler T-grips, don't you? They will make those original stocks much more comfortable and controllable without giving up the classic look and feel. And get a Mika pocket holster while you're at it.

July 27, 2008, 11:30 PM
Thanks Bob. I have heard of the T-Grip. I'll be sure to check it out.


July 28, 2008, 12:00 AM
Nice! Time to complete those turn lines!

July 28, 2008, 01:00 AM
What causes the turn line? Can it be prevented? Or is it a natural consequence of firing the gun?

July 28, 2008, 12:17 PM
Natural consequence. The pawl underneath the cylinder that locks it in place before the firing drags on the cylinder as it turns, creating a "turn line".

The smoother the pawl, the longer it will take to create the turn line. Lower quality revolvers will begin to show a turn line sooner than higher quality revolvers. But a turn line is inevitable if the gun gets used.


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