While I don't have a new 36, I have several of the newer Smiths. I wouldn't hesitate to buy that 36 and shoot the heck out of it! It it's the exact style you like, go for it. If you are buying for collector value, obviously one of the older ones is the way to go, and I do believe they're fitted and finished better. For carry, and as a shooter, personally I'd buy the new one at that price.