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I have a model 36 that I bought as a no dash. I thought the dash would be in the crane area where it says model 36 like on the larger revolvers but apparently they ran our of room and it is supposed to be a dash model.
There is a 5 digit serial # in the crane area, and one digit number before the J on the butt, and the butt serial is a 4 digit number. It has diamond grip pattern, and a pinned barrel.

Can anyone help clear up my confusion? I have the printed version of the standard catalog but that still doesn't clarify it
 

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Apparently the 36 didn’t have dashes except for -1 which is a 3 inch. I just went through the same thing Saturday, was happy to find a no dash only to discover they’re not like the larger frames in regards to design changes. Mine had a J smack in the middle of the serial number. Apparently it’s called a floating J. Mine dated to 72 yours should be before 68 I believe because of the diamond grips.
 

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I still can't figure out the serial number either. I looked in the S&W standard catalog and I am confused....there is 6j**** and the 4 digit serial #. The number on the crane is 5 digit. The catalog made it look like it was earlier.
 

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The Diamond grip was deleted in '68 but it says the J didn't start till '69. So this one has diamond grips, but a j in serial number but the serial number is only 4 digits with a double repeating number.
 

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The model 36 was always a J frame because the I frame was too weak for 38. I think your gun is a 69. The diamond grips were deleted in 68 but if they had them they’d use them. There’s a few anomalies like that out there. Are they numbered to the gun? If I’m right the J in the middle was to prevent reusing a serial number for whatever reason. If you look up s&w floating J there’s some info. It goes in the same order as if the J was in the front.
 

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So the only serial number is the butt number. The one on my yoke is different than the serial. So yours is xjxxxx. A 6 digit number. So with the first few digits you can get a date
 

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Ok...so the number is 63### My standard catalog only shows digits that are 6 figure I must need the newer addition
 

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The serial number is on the bottom of the grip frame. You may have to remove the grips if they cover the bottom of the grip frame.


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So the only serial number is the butt number. The one on my yoke is different than the serial. So yours is xjxxxx. A 6 digit number. So with the first few digits you can get a date
Mine is 6J43xx, does that make it 1964?
 

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OK, can I look it up on my own, if so, where? If I can't, I feel like it wouldn't be a good idea to post the serial number publicly for some reason, I've had for as long as I can remember, at least 30 years, however, it was a something a relative gave me.
 

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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass, EKKG! Yes, you can look it up yourself if you buy a copy of the Standard Catalog of S&W, 4th Edition by Supica and Nahas. The Kindle version is around $15. As Shaun says, likely 1983...or later. Around that time, S&W switched to a three alpha, up to 4 numeric numbering system like BBBxxxx Here's the lookup table.

J Serial Prefix Models: 36, 37, 38, 49, 50
1969-1970 J1-J99999
1971-1972 1J1-999J99
1973-1974 J100000-J250000
1975-1976 J250001-J370000
1976-1977 J370001-J610000
1977-1978 J610001-J670000
1979-1980 J670001-J760000
1981 J760001-J915400
1982 J915401-1J18600
1983 1J18601-xxxx

(SCSW, 4th Ed., Page 489).
 

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I could use some help please ... my SN has a J in the middle. So how does that work? It's a model 36 or actually reads 36-1


Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass, EKKG! Yes, you can look it up yourself if you buy a copy of the Standard Catalog of S&W, 4th Edition by Supica and Nahas. The Kindle version is around $15. As Shaun says, likely 1983...or later. Around that time, S&W switched to a three alpha, up to 4 numeric numbering system like BBBxxxx Here's the lookup table.

J Serial Prefix Models: 36, 37, 38, 49, 50
1969-1970 J1-J99999
1971-1972 1J1-999J99
1973-1974 J100000-J250000
1975-1976 J250001-J370000
1976-1977 J370001-J610000
1977-1978 J610001-J670000
1979-1980 J670001-J760000
1981 J760001-J915400
1982 J915401-1J18600
1983 1J18601-xxxx

(SCSW, 4th Ed., Page 489).
 

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I could use some help please ... my SN has a J in the middle. So how does that work? It's a model 36 or actually reads 36-1
Hey Wolffe,

Welcome to S&W.

Best thing?

Start a new thread with pics.....

The experts will be along shortly.

Later, Mark
 
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