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Need Opinions ... Brand New "Classic" Chief"s Special..Good? Bad? I know it aint ugly

So,..after looking at used S&W Model 36s, both in online auctions, and in the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson,....between being confused of what features are better than others, what years are better than others, and seeing how high "nice condition" S&Ws go for on auctions,....I'm now thinking I might be better off buying new. :confused:

If I buy used, I will want it one owner, really nice, with the old box and papers and all.
If I go too old, the thing can accidently fire the round under the hammer if it's dropped (not sure what year they made the safety so it won't do that). :eek:

There's a brand new gun,..."The Classic" (150184). I can get for about 600 bucks, NIB, untouched and unscathed. It's the exact style I like,...it even has that diamond on the grips, I like that a lot. Those diamonds seem to have been discontinued in the early years of the production of the Model 36 ("the book" says 1968 if I'm reading it correctly).

A nice used one is going to be that much it seems, but am I getting a better gun if I find a mint condition, in the box, Model 38 from the 1970s or 1980s? And will it hold it's value more than the new one will,..even if I use it as my carry piece and probably rub off some of the blue?

I need opinions from experienced gun guys please! I'm trying not to make the wrong decision and with suggestions and opinions, I won't.
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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.
 

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IMHO if your looking at investment the pre lock with pinned barrel is always going to be worth more then the new ones if your looking for a shooter get whatever you can get a deal on
 

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i don't know its kind of what you want most. i don.t think either one is a bad deal. i always buy new guns only because i am afraid of someone who knows nothing tried to fix or improved the use one. i think that both of them will also hold there value for a long time. how about this, ss and nickel guns show less wear than blue and are easier to clean. this is a 36 classic in nickel which smith doesn't make anymore. its about 2 years old
 

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i don't know its kind of what you want most. i don.t think either one is a bad deal. i always buy new guns only because i am afraid of someone who knows nothing tried to fix or improved the use one. i think that both of them will also hold there value for a long time. how about this, ss and nickel guns show less wear than blue and are easier to clean. this is a 36 classic in nickel which smith doesn't make anymore. its about 2 years old
1jimmy, let me know when obummer care takes a toll on your finances, and Romney care socks it to ya' in the Mass, all while getting your hours cut so that your employer doesn't have to provide healthcare, and...and...I'll buy your gun ricky tick. pissonya.jpg
 

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1jimmy, let me know when obummer care takes a toll on your finances, and Romney care socks it to ya' in the Mass, all while getting your hours cut so that your employer doesn't have to provide healthcare, and...and...I'll buy your gun ricky tick. View attachment 21412
And you can use the money I send ya for yours,...to get his!

I've always bought new guns also, all 2 of them, but I'm seeing shinier old ones and thought maybe I wouldn't lose the "drive over the curb" money like I will with a new one.
Add to it, the history factor of the old gun, along with it's original box and papers, not sure which to get.
May have to buy both!
 

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rands,

Re: That "old" 36 you featured, if the other side is just as pretty, then THAT gives meaning to the old saying, "Dat rat-der is whut ah'm tawkin' 'bout!"

Depending on who and where, that is $350.00 to five-bills gun.

Fine example of the breed and I'd buy that one before I'd have three new ones, "Classic", or no.

Mike
 

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rands,

Re: That "old" 36 you featured, if the other side is just as pretty, then THAT gives meaning to the old saying, "Dat rat-der is whut ah'm tawkin' 'bout!"

Depending on who and where, that is $350.00 to five-bills gun.

Fine example of the breed and I'd buy that one before I'd have three new ones, "Classic", or no.

Mike
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I too am in the market for a chiefs special, but I could never get one with a Lock...maybe im wrong, but seems they did this cause of the Gubment types, and that just is selling out(if Im worng i am sorry0. I'd want an old flat latch myself tho. Mike.
 

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My money would buy an older nickle finished model 36. Either way you can't go wrong. To me the older has the advantage of no Internal lock and they're better built from steel and not any of the newer alloys. I also prefer the looks and quality of the foreged hammer and triggers. And they all fine shooters. If you get into the higher dash numbers you're getting much closer to a new model, so the pricing will be really close.
It's your dime, and you know what you want to get for it in the end. Good luck in making that decision.

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What the hell is wrong with the old mod 36 you have pictured????? It looks mint! Buy it before it gets away!!!!! I just paid $545.00 for a mint mod 60 built in 1967. I would buy a mint older Smith over a new one any time any day! It's a no brainer!
 

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My money would buy an older nickle finished model 36. Either way you can't go wrong. To me the older has the advantage of no Internal lock and they're better built from steel and not any of the newer alloys. I also prefer the looks and quality of the foreged hammer and triggers. And they all fine shooters. If you get into the higher dash numbers you're getting much closer to a new model, so the pricing will be really close.
It's your dime, and you know what you want to get for it in the end. Good luck in making that decision.

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Thank you sir!
 

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What the hell is wrong with the old mod 36 you have pictured????? It looks mint! Buy it before it gets away!!!!! I just paid $545.00 for a mint mod 60 built in 1967. I would buy a mint older Smith over a new one any time any day! It's a no brainer!
It's replies like yours that are helping me make the decision,...thanks!
Was considering "new" because it's for sure not been messed with is all. That lock on the new ones makes me think. Plus the finish looks nicer on the old ones.
 

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As clean as that one looks, check the action out, but I don't think someone who keeps a weapon like that would screw up the action.
 

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Grab it while you can. Passed on a LadySmith after Christmas. Went back in mid-January, GONE! Paid just as much for a, not nearly as classy, BG38.
 

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Grab it while you can. Passed on a LadySmith after Christmas. Went back in mid-January, GONE! Paid just as much for a, not nearly as classy, BG38.
Oh I know about missing deals. One I can get now is 550 bucks, 100 more than it should be, the other has 3 days left with no buy it now option.
 
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