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S&W J frame snubby - square butt?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by TurboJeff, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. TurboJeff

    TurboJeff Well-Known Member

    I've got an old model 36 from the mid to late 60's. This one has a square butt. I inhereted the gun quite a few years ago. I never really noticed a difference in the grips until I picked up a 642 this year.

    Are square butted J frame snubbies fairly common? I just haven't noticed before.

    I can post a picture tonight if anyone wants me to.

  2. csmkersh

    csmkersh Well-Known Member

    Yes, square butt Model 36s are common.
  3. Elmer

    Elmer Well-Known Member

    Yup... very common. Back before all the custom grip choices were available, the square butts were a popular choice for something a little easier to hang on to while shooting.
  4. FCFC

    FCFC Has Never Owned a Gun

    If the question is pertaining to J-frames in general today, the answer is: not very common.

    With older Models 36 and 60 is where you see them.
  5. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    My old Model 37 (alloy j-frame) is a square butt. Seems S&W kinda went through phases with the square-round butt styles. There are plenty of both in circulation.
  6. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Well-Known Member

    I also have a Square Butt Model 37, vintage 1980. It fits the hand very nicely, especially with the addition of a Tyler T-Grip.
  7. velocette

    velocette Well-Known Member

    You mean like this:


    They are quite common. Not quite so much now but a few years back, they were more common than round butt snubbies.
  8. Catalina25

    Catalina25 Well-Known Member

    T-grips and Chiefs, big +1. And as a matter of fact my mid 60's sq.butt 36 got a round butted sibling this afternoon. Tom

    velocette that is a real nice three incher
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2008
  9. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    Not common enough that Crimson Trace makes a laser for the square butt Model 36.
    I've got a couple I'd like to equip with CT.
  10. Shade00

    Shade00 Well-Known Member

    Dunno how common they were, but I will chime in and add that I have a square butt 3" nickel Model 36, flat latch. It's a very nice gun.

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