ID on S&W M36


September 7, 2011, 09:26 PM
Picked up a new(to us) M36 for the wife, was looking at sigs at the LGS, she saw it, loved it and had to have it :).

It's pinned and no-dash, we're trying to get a more exact date on it, the serial starts with 973Jxx.

And of course, pictures!

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September 8, 2011, 12:08 AM
That looks to be in amazing shape, those grips are very nice looking. I don't have one of the books, so I cannot tell it's age, but that sure is a beaut!

September 8, 2011, 02:02 AM
You can try emailing S&W through the customer service link on their website. I did that for a used model 60 I bought a couple of years ago. A week or two later a got a reply of "1982" period. They will also send you a "History" of the gun for a price. I assume they mean a history of the model since they would (Presumably) have no info on an individual gun once it was shipped.

September 8, 2011, 05:28 AM
1972. S&Ws factory historian, Mr Roy Jinks, will for a $50 fee go back manually through the old paper shipping records and find your gun. He will then send you a rather nice letter giving the back ground to that model, any special features on your gun, the date it shipped and where it shipped to.
If a custom ordered gun such as a Registered Magnum or a gun potentially linked to a historically significant or person or event then this can add to the value of the gun.
If the gun has special significance through a history of family ownership, then it can help provide background/location to the story of relatives that have passed.
Other than that, it will simply satisfy the curiosity of a S&W junkie. You have to decide if its worth it for you.

September 8, 2011, 05:31 AM
Another option is to go here

and ask about it. An amazing amount of knowledge is available and freely shared.

The letter available from S&W will tell you the shipped from the factory date and may also give information as to where it was shipped, if it was a special order, barrel length, special finish, etc. For some, it is a crucial part of owning a S&W. For others, not so much. If I had an older S&W (pre Model Number) I might consider it, or if I thought there was a historical connection I might consider a letter. S&W has been swamped with requests for letters on the revolvers. The history dept is a one man operation, Roy Jinks, and nothing is computerized so the more requests he gets, the longer it takes.

September 8, 2011, 07:33 AM
The M36 no dash would be pre 67 but your posted serial number is not in the range I would expect to see.

September 8, 2011, 08:15 AM
The M36 no dash continued in production until replaced by the 36-2 in 1988. It was manufactured concurrently with the 36-1 from 1967. The -1 indicated a 3 inch heavy barrel.
As I mentioned above, the gun in question was almost certainly manufactured in 1972. S&W 'floated' the J in the serial number in 1971 & 1972, the floating serial ended at 999J99 in 1972. OPs serial number is close enough to the end of that range that 1972 is pretty much certain.

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