Originally Posted by carguychris
The answer is different depending on whether this is an autoloader or a revolver, and which specific model is being discussed.
Ain't that the truth! When you posted about the semi-auto, I vaguely remembered S&W stamping some autos with Chief Special, but they were on the market for such a short time that I couldn't remember a model number. That's been a few years ago.
I tend to lump all .38 J-frames into the same category and consider them Chief's Specials. I guess, technically, the blue Model 36 is the only one that should hold that moniker, although the Model 60 is the one I saw most used during those days of Chiefs carrying revolvers.