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S&W Model 36 questions

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by abr10dr, Apr 9, 2010.

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  1. abr10dr

    abr10dr Member

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    Hello,
    Was talking to one of my uncles today and it seems I inherited a hand gun
    from my father, I havn't seen the gun yet, but was told it is a S&W Model 36
    in .22 cal. I did a quick Google search and only saw Model 36 in center fire
    cals, did they make the 36 in rimfire? Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    Thanks,
    Rick
     
  2. GRIZ22

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    Working with the 2 digit model numbers there is no rimfire Model 36. There is a J frame Model 34 in 22 RF. The 36 was 38 spl only. Other calibers had different model numbers,
     
  3. Guillermo

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    not that a guy with over 3000 K posts requires back up...ditto to what Griz said
     
  4. abr10dr

    abr10dr Member

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    Thanks GRIZ22 & Guillermo, that must be it, I don't have it in my posession
    yet, so no SN, but was told it's a .22 looks like a Cheifs Special, 2in barrel.

    Thanks Again,
    Rick
     
  5. Guillermo

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    don't be too hard on him abr...Smith model numbers are confusing
     
  6. ArchAngelCD

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    BTW, if it's a M34 you have a very nice revolver coming your way. It's a fun gun to shoot and with enough practice there won't be a safe squirrel in the woods.
     
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    There was one Model 36 shipped in .22lr, serial number 29800, shipped in August 1963. If you have that gun it would be work a bit to a collector.
    As mentioned above, S&W made the Model 34, which was the Model of 1953 .22/32 Kit Gun, with a two or four inch barrel and adjustable sights on the small Improved I frame and from 1960 the slightly larger J frame.
    They also made the same gun in stainless steel as the Model 63, in blued aluminum as the Model 43, and as the model 51 in .22 Magnum.
     
  8. Jim K

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    I read the same thing and believe there was a recording error or a mis-stamping and that the gun was actually a J-frame Model 34, which would also explain the duplicate serial number as at that time the guns were still numbered in different series. Making a true Model 36 in .22 would be close to impossible for just one gun; it would be easier to make a Model 34 without adjustable sights, which would amount to the same thing.

    Jim
     
  9. M2 Carbine

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    Yes it's a nice gun. Has adjustable sights.
    I was shooting mine just yesterday. I have a thing about shooting S&W J Frames at 50 yards. First try, the gun was easily keeping the hits on a one foot square steel target, but I missed 4 of 18 shots.

    Because 22 ammo is so cruddy the cylinder gets dirty fast and the cases may become hard to eject at about 100 rounds.
    It wouldn't hurt to put a bore brush in your range box to de-crud the chambers if the ejection becomes hard.

    The cost of a nice used Model 34 has climbed greatly in the last several years. I had to pay $485 for mine in June 09 and I've seen them as high as $600 recently.
     
  10. Zundfolge

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    I'm betting the gun is a model 63 not a 36 ... 63 is a nice little .22lr in stainless steel.
     
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