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Old May 24, 2008, 04:42 PM   #1
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S&W Model 36 Date of Manufacture

Ok, here's one I just picked up. Smith and Wesson Model 36 (no dash) with adjustable sights with Serial # 391XXX. Help dating the gun would be appreciated.

Sorry for the repeat post, but I think I was getting lost in the shuffle of the other thread.
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Old May 24, 2008, 05:26 PM   #2
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It would fall in the 1962 - 1969 range. See below.

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Early J frame serial numbers
For models 36, 37, 38, 49, 50 and pre model number versions.

1950 = start at 1
1952 = 7369 - 21342
1953 = 28916
1955 = 55050 - 75000
1957 = 117770 - 125000
1962 = starts at 295000
1969 = ends at 786544

J serial Prefix serial numbers.
For 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 - 1JXXXX

1955 - 4 screw side plate ends
1957 - stamping of model number at 125000
1966 - flat latch ends
1968 - diamond grips end
1975 - heavy barrel standard
1982 - end pinned barrel
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Old May 24, 2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Anyone know how rare the ones with adjustable sights are, as I have never seen one? Thanks.
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Old May 24, 2008, 07:12 PM   #4
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mine has a groove rear sight and was made in 1981.

It's labeled on the barrel:

"airweight
.38 SPL CTG"

It also says on the frame:

"MADE IN USA
MARCAS REGISTRADAS
SMITH & WESSON
SPRINGFIELD, MASS"

It looks like it's nickle plated. Which model would that be? I thought the 36s were all blued.
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Old May 24, 2008, 07:20 PM   #5
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The model 36 is steel, the fact that you have airweight on it means it has an aluminium frame. IIRC that would make it a model 37.
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