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Model 36 Chief's Special

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ohio58, Mar 16, 2010.

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  1. ohio58

    ohio58 Member

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    I am getting ready to purchase a Smith and Wesson .38 special Model 36 Chief's Special. The gun looks to be in excellent condition. Blue with checkered grips and square butt. Just wondering the DOB on this nice revolver..serial # 672J83 ? wondering if anyone may know a close date it was made. I think S & W charges something like $45 or $50 for a nice letter of Authenticity........?
     
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    I'm guessing 1971-1972.

    Found this on the web:

     
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    Collectors pay for Letters to add to the value of their scarce or unusual S&W guns. I would not get a letter from S&W for your revolver. It's a good gun, but neither scarce or unusual.
     
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    Look for the serial # on the bottom of the grip frame. 672J83 sounds like an in-house assembly number.
     
  6. ohio58

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    Thanks for all the information above.....very very helpful.
    I guess i dont need to spend the $50 on the S&W letter. I was just wanting to know when it was made. I think i"ll take the $50 bucks and add it to another nice Snubnose purchase !! I something about these little older snubs that i really like. Everytime i get a new one , i call the guys at Tyler T Grips in Oklahomea City for some new grips. They work really well and feel great in the hand........
     
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    vanagon40 is correct - 1971 to 1972. The "J" during this time appeared in different positions within the SN, so it has come to be known as the "wandering J" period.
     
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    Those words sound so sweet and yet so rarely heard.

    Will you marry me DickM?

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    If a man makes a statement but there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?
     
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    I have a M36 that's just a few years younger than the one you're getting. (1975 vintage) You will not regret buying that revolver, I know I'm not sorry I did. Not only are you getting a great revolver but it's also like owning a little piece of history. (IMO of course) Don't forget to post pictures when you get it home...

    M36-1.jpg

    M36-2.jpg

    M36-gripadpt_s.jpg
     
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    upon closer inspection that is one heck of a funny sentence
     
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    ROTFLMFAO!

    That strated the day right.
     
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    ArchAngleCD, That sure is i nice looking 36 -- Looks identical to the one im getting, the only difference is my Tyler t's that are going on it are gloss black. I love these little snubnose revolvers. I'll post a pic.....supposed to be here saturday. Im in Ohio but its coming from Maine (from estate) Thanks for posting pics of yours.......
     
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    They are nice revolvers in that era. My "always" gun is a round butt, "Airweight" version of the steel M36, the aluminum-framed Model 37, and mine's a 1971 vintage.

    It was originally owned by a widow's second husband (she survived three), and it was #2's nightstand gun. Probably hadn't been fired twenty times in all those years. I've had it a couple of years now an it is a nice, nice revolver to complement my 1964 Model 36 round butt.

    I'm quite fond of the J-frames!

    Here's my M37, with a gloss black Tyler like the set up you are contemplating:
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    My original, serial numbered to the gun stocks were too nice to keep on that gun, so today they are saved in the safe, and it wears a set of Patrick Grashorn (Grashorn Gun Works) American Elk Stags. Sturdy and beautiful . . . and not either my first or last set of stags from Patrick either!

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    I have seen Patrick Grashorns website. He has very nice stocks and they look great on your gun. I may have to give him a call. I believe your 1971 is close to the same year mine is. I called Smith and Wesson and there historian said mine was a 71' or 72' with my serial number...thanks for the picks...very nice 36
     
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    WOW mesinge2,

    That's a lot of grip on that top example.
     
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    That's a pre-36 from 1955-57 with Smith and Wesson model 10 sized conversion grips, not +P rated.

    I use Buffalo Bore Wad cutters in it for target practice and competition only.

    It does not get carried
     
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