My great-grandfather was a sheriff for 12 years and before that he was one of the original highway patrol officers in South Carolina. He passed away 8 years ago and handed all his firearms to my grandfather. I few months ago my grandfather decided to give me one of my great-grandfather's guns. He gave me a S&W Model 36. The serial number is J26XXX which I found on a few websites to be made in either 1969 or 1970. Something I have not figured out is that the gun is gold plated. My grandfather did not know much about the gun besides it was his father's. Has anyone seen a gold plated Model 36? It is not one of the fancy engraved ones but just a normal Model 36 but instead of blue or nickel it is gold. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.