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Old October 23, 2014, 03:11 PM   #1
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Should I keep carrying my Mod. 36?

Hey Guys,
I need some advice. I have been carrying my S&W Mod. 36 square butt all the time. My dilemma is the pistol is beautiful probably 95%. And of course its finish will suffer the consequences of carry. I have replaced the original grips (and stored the original grips) with a set of pachmayr's . The pistol is pretty old but its NOT a flat latch and it does have a pinned barrel. It is my go to CCW and I'm proficient with it, I have spent alot of time with it. So, should I continue to carry the old girl or get something else and let her retain her beauty?
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Old October 23, 2014, 03:14 PM   #2
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Unless you plan to sell the gun I say carry it and enjoy.
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Old October 23, 2014, 03:26 PM   #3
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It's a working gun, not a collector piece. If you like it and carrying it works for you, keep carrying it.
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Old October 23, 2014, 04:14 PM   #4
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I vote to keep carrying it!
Familiarity alone dictates my decision. You have carried it so long andit's become second nature to you. When the chips are down, that alone could save the lives of loved ones or yourself.
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Old October 23, 2014, 04:23 PM   #5
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I agree with others. I would carry your 36. They are not rare but they are excellent snub-nose revolvers.
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Old October 23, 2014, 04:49 PM   #6
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Here's my nickel 36 from the early 1970's. I carried it off duty and in plainclothes for decades before the Glock bomb went off. Why not buy another j frame as the muscle memory will carry over and you can continue to shoot it well. I picked up a model 49 later and shooting it was seamless as far as any transition from the 36. Everyone needs an excuse for another j frame.



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Old October 23, 2014, 05:22 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies guys, I just didn't know the possible collector value of the pistol and I didn't want to be messing it up. But I'll keep on carrying it.

Here is my ole gal. Love this thing.
[IMG][/IMG]

But I guess you're right Unit, never can have too many wheel guns.
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Old October 23, 2014, 05:24 PM   #8
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The j frame is just simply MY gun. My wife shoots a LCR and she is really good with it, but I don't shoot it well AT ALL.
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Old October 23, 2014, 05:46 PM   #9
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I would carry it just like I often conceal carry my Model 42.
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Old October 23, 2014, 05:59 PM   #10
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Bobbed hammer and T-grip adaptor.... Brings back memories!!!
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Old October 23, 2014, 06:04 PM   #11
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Carry it gets my vote too.
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Old October 23, 2014, 06:23 PM   #12
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'nuther vote for "CARRY IT."

You are proficient with it. That says a lot. You only go around once; and if there's ever a time when you truly need it, it will be more invaluable to you than any amount someone else thinks it's worth.
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Old October 23, 2014, 06:55 PM   #13
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Pick up a pre-magnum .38 special model 60 for $300-$400 and you won't have to worry about finish wear.
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Old October 23, 2014, 07:03 PM   #14
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I second Draglines recommendation. I would add though, I wouldn't pass on a nice newer one. Retire the old girl, put some stag grips on her and take her to the range now and then.
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Old October 23, 2014, 08:35 PM   #15
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Dragline, Now THATS a good idea. Now how to smooth it over with SWMBO (she who must be obeyed) Were the Mod. 60's all Round butts?
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Old October 23, 2014, 08:43 PM   #16
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I would carry it.
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Old October 23, 2014, 08:53 PM   #17
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I vote for continue carry :-)

Can you imagine how many lives have been saved by the 36?

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Old October 23, 2014, 09:13 PM   #18
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Were the Mod. 60's all Round butts?
No, but the square butt are much harder to find. I sold my pre-magnum 640 a few years back and have regretted it ever since, I plan on picking up a .38 special model 60 to replace it. When I used to carry mine in the summer I would pull it out when I got home and it would have beads of sweat on it, being stainless that's not a problem, but I would hate to have that finish on your beautiful 36 ruined.
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Old October 23, 2014, 09:56 PM   #19
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if you like it, are comfortable with it, and accurate with it keep carrying it.
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Old October 24, 2014, 07:02 AM   #20
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I can't think of any reason not to carry it. It's not like you're going to put your kids through college with it.

I used to worry about the same thing until my wife pointed out to me "If you don't use them, your kids will when you die. You might as well enjoy them yourself." Good point.

Wipe it off with a silicone rag every so often. That's what I do with the Model 12-2 I carry everyday.



It looked like that the day I got it. It still looks pretty much like that after several years of use.
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Old October 24, 2014, 12:31 PM   #21
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By all means, carry that sweet mother.

That's what it was made for after all.
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Old October 24, 2014, 01:46 PM   #22
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If your not going to carry her anymore and are going to toss her into the evil dark safe, you might as well box her up and send it to me.
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Old October 24, 2014, 02:10 PM   #23
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I say get rid of that five shot peashooter and get a 45 that holds at least 15 rounds to carry!

(Just kidding!) I have a blued 36, and a nickel 37, that I carry quite often, but lately, like CajunBass, I've been carrying my model 12 snubbie with six rounds.
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Old October 24, 2014, 02:12 PM   #24
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Cajun, That a sweet lookin snubbie. Those Tgrips looks so good on them also. Do you carry it IWB? It has held up well no doubt. That encouraging. Which I think the bluing on the old Smiths is very good. And what brand of silicone wipes do you use on it? And are they sold in the gun supplies?

walks with gun, Thanks for the offer, and its good that you want to rescue lost and abandoned roscoe's But I don't think I'll put her out to pasture just yet.
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Old October 24, 2014, 03:19 PM   #25
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Deerslayer IIRC Cajuns model 12-2 is an aluminum alloy frame and not prone to rusting. The barrel and cylinder are steel.

I beleive it is birchwood-casey that used to make silicone wipes. I used to buy them in walmart many years ago.

And I forgot to add, yes keep carrying that gun. If you aren't going to use it why did you buy it?
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