My new to me S&W 36 (no dash)


March 8, 2012, 06:18 PM
I just completed a deal on a different forum for a Smith & Wesson 36 (no dash) in pretty good shape. I held out as long as I could, but the deal was to sweet to pass on. Got a great little gun at a great price, original grips and a rubber set, bunch of ammo and 2 leather holsters........ Have see how it shoots, but here's the pic's........ thanks for looking.... Not to familiar with this particular model, but it felt good in my hand and the price was right. Appreciate any thoughts you all might have on this new addition.

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March 8, 2012, 07:10 PM
That's a nice old flat-latch. Looks good! If it were mine, I'd put the original grips back on it.

March 8, 2012, 07:47 PM
Beautiful find, chez323. Congratulations.

I agree with FIDO. Those rubber grips might be the greatest invention ever for shooting a J-frame, but you need a set of diamond wood grips to make your old gun complete.

March 8, 2012, 07:53 PM
Nice looking model 36. I have a no dash too but mine is pretty rough. I am going to refinish it.

March 9, 2012, 09:18 AM
I saw this on PAFOA. Great deal for sure. You paid less for all that than I did for my Smith 36. I love that gun..

March 9, 2012, 09:35 AM
It looks like nice setup with two quality holsters. I would keep rubber grips on and save originals if you ever choose to sell the gun. I would not shoot anyones personal reloads just factory stuff in any gun I buy.

hariph creek
March 9, 2012, 10:52 AM
Way cool!

March 11, 2012, 08:09 PM
Thanks all, I'll be posting a follow up once I hit the range with it..... and after that I'll be re-installing the original wood grips. :)

March 11, 2012, 10:49 PM
I found a M36 a while back but it's not as old as yours. Luckily mine had the original grips. Even though it's a no-dash it doesn't sport a flat latch. You found a great revolver there!

Geezer Glide
March 12, 2012, 06:14 AM
Looks a lot like mine.

March 12, 2012, 06:18 AM

Congrats on an excellent aquisition! I have always had an abiding fondness for S&W J frames. Looks like you did all right with this deal.

March 14, 2012, 02:29 AM
They are as fine a revolver today as they were back then.

Here's my then new, to me, 1964 Model 36 (no dash) flat latch with original "diamond" stocks like your gun should have on it. I'm glad you got the original stocks (which should have the original serial number written on the inside of the right side stock)!

This was taken on top of the first target I shot with it in '07 . . . all five rounds centered on the tiny 1" black square I was aiming at (unsupported/standing at ten yards). I keeper for sure!

It cleaned up well too, as you can see . . .

PS: Using flash photography makes a gun look terrible, as you can see in my top photo (and in the photo of the one you bought). Don't be surprised if that little snubbie looks a LOT better once you see it and clean it up!

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