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Old May 7, 2005, 08:31 PM   #1
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Please date my S&W model 36 snubby.

I have a S&W model 36 38spl. J-frame snub with square butt. Under the left grip panel and on the part that attaches the cylinder to the frame are the numbers 55347. The serial number on the bottom of the grip frame is 5292xx.
There are 3 screws holding the cover plate on. The barrel is pinned but the chambers are not recessed. It has, I believe, the original wood grips with a diamond around the screw on each side and a silver/nickel colored SW emblem.
It's in pretty good shape. Not a safe queen but a good shooter. I'd say the finish is about 85%. No rust or pits, just wear to the blueing.

This is the best shooting snub I've ever had and I'd like to know more about it.

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Old May 7, 2005, 10:57 PM   #2
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Somewhere in the mid 1960s, probably 1964, 1965, or 1966.

None of the .38 Spls. will have recessed chambers, that's only the magnums and the rimfires.
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Old May 8, 2005, 02:25 AM   #3
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You might invest in some aftermarket grips or a newer pair of S&W grips for your M36. Those "diamond" S&W grips are getting a fair price on their own now from collectors.
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