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New to me..S&W M36

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by okc-zee, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. okc-zee

    okc-zee Well-Known Member

    M36 no dash...pinned barrel... according to S&W mid 1973...Shot very littlle...Minty clean and bright...super tight..Taking it out to the range tommorow...[​IMG][/IMG]
  2. wcwhitey

    wcwhitey Well-Known Member

    Very Nice, enjoy!
  3. rainbowbob

    rainbowbob Well-Known Member

    I carry one in a Mika pocket holster just about everywhere I go. Some people say they are hard to learn to shoot. I don't know about that, since it is what I used to learn how to shoot.

    I highly recommend that you order a Tyler T-Grip (google it). If you are not familiar with them, they are metal inserts that fill in the space between the walnut stocks and the back of the trigger guard. This provides a better grip and prevents the guard from busting the knuckle of your middle finger. And it allows you to keep the minty stocks instead of changing them for some ugly rubber thing. My preference are the polished brass ones...they look great!
  4. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Well-Known Member

    Congrats. Nice Chief's Special.

    And +1 on the Tylar T-grip.
  5. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    nice gun

  6. ArkieVol

    ArkieVol Well-Known Member

    Congratulations!! You own a true A S&W classic. Careful, however,...J frame Smiths can be addictive. :)

    My original ca. 1964 model was stolen many years ago but have since replaced it with a 1958-60 model 36...and a 1967 3" model 36, a model 640 (.38 spl), a model 60 .(357), a model 34-1 (.22 LR), a model 642...and shopping for a Terrier and a model 40, .and.... ARRRrrrggggh...do I have a problem???? :eek:

    You've been warned! :D
  7. S&W-Keeper

    S&W-Keeper Well-Known Member

    Nice find, love the little J's.
  8. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    I got one 36 and had to have another. You will enjoy it.
  9. okc-zee

    okc-zee Well-Known Member

    Picked one up on ebay a couple of weeks ago...It's going on tomorrow...

    That's the truth...My wife bought a new 642 about 6 weeks ago...I was so impressed with it I sold one of my shotguns that I never shot and picked up a new 640...This M36 kinda fell in my lap and I had to snag it...I love shooting these revolvers and now that I've been practicing with them I've gotten much better with them...The first time I shot one I could hardly hit the target...Funds allowing,I'll definitely get another one when I can...Thanks all for the kind words!
  10. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    Nice J Frame. :)
    I'm a big J Frame fan. I enjoy shooting those guns about as much as anything I shoot.

    Today a member from THR brought his wife, a new shooter, to my place to try out a few guns to see what kind of handgun she would like to get.

    I told her, Some people think these little 2 inch J Frame revolvers are hard to shoot, but since you don't know that, I suspect you will do very well with it, and she did.:)

    In short order she was shooting nice groups, single action and double action.
    Then shooting double action while on the move.

    Then rapid fire on the move at a steel target about COM size and seldom missing.

    Then shooting COM, DA and SA, from 14 yards. Again seldom missing.

    Finally, to finish off the day right, with one round left she hit a clay pigeon on the berm 15 yards away, DA.

    See, if she knew that the little gun was hard to shoot she might not have done as well. :)

    I am also a fan of the Tyler T Grip.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2010
  11. duns

    duns Well-Known Member

    Do you have a photo of the T-Grip? I Googled it but can't quite figure out whether I need one.
  12. duns

    duns Well-Known Member

    That's a beautiful gun. My instructor told me that J-frames don't point naturally but I don't find that the case at all. Up to 7 yards, I'm as confident with my J-frame as anything. And it has never failed to go bang and fits in my pocket.
  13. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    This is what they look like. IMO they make for a much better grip than the original grip shape.
  14. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    The two J Frames on the bottom right and the 2 inch K Frame half way up on the right have T Grips.
    I'd be using more if I could find them at the gun shows but it seems that no one wants to part with them.:)
  15. joe_security

    joe_security Well-Known Member

    My Model 36 goes back to 1977. The only good point about the newer ones would be the wide front sight.
  16. ColeK

    ColeK Well-Known Member

    Congrats! S&W J-frames are addictive. I own 5 of them.

    To quote Duns, 10/08/2010;
    My instructor told me that J-frames don't point naturally but I don't find that the case at all. Up to 7 yards, I'm as confident with my J-frame as anything. And it has never failed to go bang and fits in my pocket.

    You know, I once had an instructor tell me the same thing. But when he saw me shoot at 7, 15, and 25 yards with more than one he said he would have to rethink what he had said about the J-frames.
  17. MikePGS

    MikePGS Well-Known Member

    Very nice looking gun. A chief's special is on my "want to own" list.
  18. rainbowbob

    rainbowbob Well-Known Member

    Why not just order them from the nice family-owned company that makes them? (I'm not a shill - just a fan)


    Thanks for posting the photo of your excellent collection.
  19. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    Yes, I'm going to have to. I'm lazy and I just figured I'd find a gun show dealer that stocks some. No luck so far.

    Thanks. I'm a big fan of the old (pre lawyer lock) Smiths. I can't pass up a good deal on one at the gun shows.
    I have to update that picture, I have a couple more nice ones to add.:)

    The 2 inch K Frame (with the T Grip) dates back to 1960. I bought it to carry off duty. Many thousands of rounds have been through it. The only malfunction it's ever had was when I wore out the hammer spring after about 10,000 rounds.

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