Nickel plated S&W 36


Brett Byers AKA Slow
September 18, 2010, 08:09 PM
I am considering buying one...asking price for this mint condition weapon is $499.00 is this a good deal? It seems a little high...but, it's beautiful and passes the used revolver check.

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September 18, 2010, 08:46 PM
Have one for 35 years and it runs better than ever.........wouldn't trade it for nothin.... also they used to say Nickel guns look bigger than blued...go figure.

September 19, 2010, 12:24 AM
A new model 36 Classic with nickel finish has a MRSP of $845.
Based on that, $499 for a mint (unfired, with box) nickel gun seems about right.
If it's been shot and has no box, then it's just another second hand model 36 to me and probably worth around $350-$400.
You could check with your local gun pusher to see what price he can do on the Classic, but be aware it has the internal lock that some detest.

There is a nice slide show of the nickel Model 36 Classic at

September 19, 2010, 05:23 AM
At a price of $500 you aren't getting a great deal but you not being cheated either. If you really want a Nickel M36 you should probably take that one because the prices only go up, never down... Like said above, with a retail price of $845 that price of $500 isn't all that bad as long as it's really in "mint condition". Personally, I prefer Blue and Walnut LOL...

September 19, 2010, 06:21 AM
Humm, first of all the MSRP for the new 36 of $845 isn't what you would pay in a shop. The price would be closer to $645 I think.

I bought a very lightly used nickel plated m36 with a 3 inch barrel for $350.

It didn't come with the box or anything..but thats ok, I wouldn't pay for a box anyhow. :)

Brett Byers AKA Slow
September 19, 2010, 09:33 PM
Diggers when do you buy that and how do you carry it?

September 19, 2010, 09:57 PM
A month ago I purchased a used one, very clean. virtually no drag line on the cylinder. 3" barrel model 36., nickle plated, for $300 out the door. made in 1972. was told previous owner bought it new but hardly ever shot it. kept in a drawer for home defense. I love it.

September 20, 2010, 01:19 AM
I bought it about 2 years ago. I got it for my wife to shoot at the range. Its really perfect for her small hand and it has enough weight to deal with recoil well. I love shooting it too, it makes real nice groups.

I don't carry this gun AND I hear finding a holster for a 3 inch J frame is hard. However I think Ross makes holsters for it.

September 20, 2010, 01:34 PM
If its in excellent condition , i would get it before somebody else does. I have a snub model 36 and wouldnt sell or trade it for anything....They will only go up in value

September 20, 2010, 02:11 PM
Someone I know sold one about six months ago for 320.

September 20, 2010, 08:14 PM
A lot of these vintage ones from about forty years ago are constantly coming on the market as their elderly owners pass away and/or sell their firearms. Most of these J frames were not shot much, if at all.

They aren't rare by any means, so if one is patient they can find a "good deal" occasionally. However, with vintage S&W revolvers, what is defined as a "good deal" changes every few months . . . and no matter what price you pay . . . one day you'll wish you could have bought five at that price later!

IMHO, $450 is a little strong . . . unless they have the full "kit" (box, all original materials, manual, cleaning brush, etc.).

PS: Here's my new (to me) 1964-made Model 36 "no dash/diamond stocks numbered to the gun/square latch" snubbie. I paid $350 for it less than three years ago . . . but prices keep going up on the fine, vintage S&W revolvers . . .

The first shot was right after I got it . . . with just only a hint of a turn line on the cylinder . . .

And a couple of more current shots of the same revolver . . .

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