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S&W Serial #

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bankerbud, Jul 5, 2010.

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  1. bankerbud

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    First time poster, long time lurker! I need help with a S&W J frame serial number. I picked up a very beat up, but tight Model 36 square butt. I am thinking about having it refinished and carrying it, but I want to make sure that it isn't a historical/rare revolver. The serial # is j163xxx. Any help would be very greatly appreciated.

    Tim G
     
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    J100000-J250000 Shipped 1973-1974
     
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    Thanks Iggy!

    It will get refinished, new stocks, and a tyler t-grip very soon!

    Tim G
     
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    Thoughts about re-finishing. Let's say for kicks, you purchased your gun for $250.00. It is most likely worth that or more as it stands.

    You send it to S&W and it will cost you another $250 with shipping to get it refinished.

    Due the refinish it has lost any collectors value or interest. It is now worth maybe $275.00 as a very pretty shooter, and probably so nice looking that you will be hesitant to carry it. Don't ask me how I know this.

    Unless it is in such bad shape that you just can't stand to look at it, I would leave it as it is. It probably earned the scuffs and scrapes with honor.

    Clean it, carry it, shoot it, and enjoy it.
     
  6. bankerbud

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    Iggy,

    Sound wisdom. Getting the revolver refinished would cost more than what I paid for it. I have decided to leave it as is, because it looks salty. Thanks again for the information, and the advice.

    Tim G
     
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