Thread: Model 36
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Old March 25, 2013, 06:39 PM   #6
BigJimP
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If it just said model 36 - and no dash number / it means its a "no dash" gun....and the S&W book says it was made between 1957 and 1966.
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In the .357 mag calibers.../ model 13's were made in some 3" versions
and 4" of course ( K frames ).../ model 19's were commonly made in 2 1/2", 4" and 6" ( K frames again)...and there were a few 3" but they're going to be relatively rare / same thing on the model 66's with 2 1/2", 4" and 6" being common - with some rare exceptions in 3".

Personally, I have a 2 1/2" in a model 66 ...and a few in 4" in both model 66's and 19's ...and the 4" guns, with full power .357 mag, are a lot easier to shoot than the 2 1/2".....and I use the same holster ( Kramer Leather ) for the 2 1/2" and the 4" models...so if I want to carry a small revolver, I reach for one of the 4" versions I have in mod 19 or 66.

I'd suggest you shoot some 2 1/2" versions of the model 66's and some 4" versions before you spend money on a gun you may not end up liking too much.

Shooting a mod 19 or 66 with .38 spl makes them more manageable of course.../ and the nice thing over this model 36 you've found, is the .357 mag versions give you the option.
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