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Help identify Smith pistol

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by t20sl, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. t20sl

    t20sl New Member

    Just received a S&W 38 special revolver. It is 6 shot, steel frame with matt black finish on top of barrel. Serial # J46075x. What model would this be?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Well, for starters, if it is .38 Special, and six shot, it cannot have a J4607x serial number.

    All J serial prefex guns were J-Frame, and all J-frame .38 Spl's are five shot.
    The cylinder isn't big enough for six holes that big.

  3. t20sl

    t20sl New Member

    Sorry I meant 5 shot. Wood grips that fit frame and don't hide either front or back. 3" long barrel.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Conventional hammer spur?
    Shrouded hammer spur with the top of the hammer visible??
    Or no visable hammer?
    Fixed sights or adjustable sights?

    Anyway, the J serial number prefix was used from 1969 to 1983.
    On Model 36, 37, 38, 49, and 50.

    The date would be 1976-77.

    But the exact model cannot be determined without more complete information.

    More then likely though it is a standard 3" Model 36 Chiefs Special.

  5. t20sl

    t20sl New Member

    Thanks, With you info and some searching it is a 36-1 Chiefs model.

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