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S&W Model 36 Year of Manufacture?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by roguesam, Dec 11, 2010.

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  1. roguesam

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    Trying to get an age on an inherited Model 36 no dash. SN J9545xx.3 inch, light, pinned barrel, beveled latch, round-butt. Picked it up from my father's estate following his passing. It was a pack/glove box/night stand piece that shows it's age. I've been using it as a PD piece when out in the woods here in Oregon. Keeps the raccoons outta the cat food in the basement, too! ;)
     
  2. bigtubby

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    looks like 1982
     
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    Waited for awhile and never got a reply under the "Here's the S&W DOB sticky-thread.......". Sorry, I thought it was a dead thread...
     
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    No, it's still active.
     
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    Smith & Wesson serial numbers, model numbers and dash numbers can get a bit convoluted. The Model 36 (no dash) was made from 1957 until 1988, but the 36-1 was started in 1967 on the 3" Heavy Barrel only.

    Serial numbers didn't have a letter prefix until the "J" series was started in 1969.

    Serial number J 954,5xx was made in 1969 or '70

    In a popular reference book the serial number range is written:
    1982: J915401 - 1J18600. it should be: J9 15401 - 1J 18600
     
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    Thanks, Old Fuff, for the clarification and all others for their time & consideration. I'm going to have to break down & call S&W or pick up my own reference work if I'm going to pursue & expand my interest in these nice old wheel guns. A 6" Model 17 came with the 36, and I have a 2.65 inch Model 627 PC coming soon from Bud's. I think I have the bug...
     
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    It's not a bug it's an addiction... :evil:

    Buy a copy of Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, by Jim Supica & Richard Nahas / 3rd. Edition. It's available from Amazon, Brownells, and other booksellers.

    If you want more specific information about your father's model 36, or perhaps other Smith & Wesson handguns, and are willing to pay to get it, follow the information provided below:

     
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