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    Cool S&W Model 36 Date Info....

    I stopped by my local gun store and saw a Model 36 Square Butt 1 7/8 barrel in the used section.

    Upon inspection it looked like a carried lots and fired little with holster wear on the muzzle of the barrel and cylinder.

    Gun was tight and gap from cylinder to forcing cone was well within standards. No box, Stiles grips worn. No factory grips.

    Bluing at about 80 %.

    Price was negotiated to $300 out the door.

    Serial Number 5235XX.

    Any help dating the piece would be greatly appreciate.

    Ordered a set of Jay Scott Zebra Wood grips on Ebay and will post photos when they arrive.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Mid 60s.
    Maybe someone with a couple of lettered guns can pin it down closer.
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    Hi Ron:

    If the serial number has a "J" prefix, your number corresponds to 1976-1977 (ship date). The J prefix started in 1969.

    If not a "J" prefix, here's a reference that may help: S/N 295000, mfg appx 1962 and S/N 786544, mfg appx 1969.

    Not sufficient info to identify it as either pre or post "J" prefix.

    In either case, $300 out the door is a pretty good price (depending upon condition, even without box or original grips) in this part of the country..........if it's real nice, you did real good.

    Hope that helps.................

    Looking forward to seeing the photos,

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    Cool

    No prefix at all on the SN.

    I graduated from the police academy in Maryland in April of 1968 and got a Model 36 as a graduation gift.

    That gun is long since gone but this SN puts my new to me 36 right in that general time frame.

    That makes me very happy.

    Thanks "geezer" I owe you a cold one or two bro.

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    Looks forward to seeing the pictures as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WendyZXZ View Post
    Looks forward to seeing the pictures as well!
    Yeah FlaRon where's the pics ?

    And I fell kinda left out . Where's my "cold one or two" , huh ? New guy buys !



    Nice solid pickup .



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    Cool

    Waiting for the Jay Scott grips to arrive for the photo shoot.

    Would that cold one or two be a "Natty Bo"..... LOL

    Regards,

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    Last edited by FlaRon; 11-27-2011 at 10:45 AM.
    "But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."
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    "Blessed be the Lord my strength,which teacheth my hands to war,and my fingers to fight". Psalm 144:1

    "Violence is seldom the answer, but when it is the answer it is the only answer". T.Larkin

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    Cool

    Not the best photo but I wanted to get one posted of the Model 36.

    I like taking my photos in natural light but this one will do for now.


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    "Blessed be the Lord my strength,which teacheth my hands to war,and my fingers to fight". Psalm 144:1

    "Violence is seldom the answer, but when it is the answer it is the only answer". T.Larkin

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    Great-lookin' 36, Ron!

    Does it bring back memories of your old one back in the day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlaRon View Post
    No prefix at all on the SN.

    I graduated from the police academy in Maryland in April of 1968 and got a Model 36 as a graduation gift.

    That gun is long since gone but this SN puts my new to me 36 right in that general time frame.

    That makes me very happy.

    Thanks "geezer" I owe you a cold one or two bro.

    Regards,

    FlaRon
    I was 20 when I got on the job, so until I was 21 I couldn't buy a gun anywhere else but the Police Equipment section. I bought the 36, but sold it when I was 21 to get a Colt DS (extra round). Now I regret ever selling the 36, I should have kept it. Have fun with the 36!
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