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Old 01-25-2020, 03:15 PM
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SW Model 36

Can anyone give me any information on this revolver, it belonged to my wife's father who died many years ago. Year of manufacture and anything else.
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Old 01-25-2020, 03:41 PM
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If its a "Floading J" serial number, its 69 to 71. I had one and loved it. Ended up trading it for a 637 which is the same gun in aluminum frame. I still have it and carry it now and then.
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Old 01-25-2020, 05:11 PM
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J prefix on J frame guns began in 1969. This is a 4 digit number probably from 69 or early 70. Great gun for easy carry.
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Old 01-25-2020, 05:17 PM
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Im no expert, but did pick up the same gun several months ago.
Nice family heirloom. They’re great shooters and for cc. I like them more than the new ones by far. The fact that you’ve got the box is nice and adds value, but in the end they’re not big dollar guns. Shoot it and enjoy it.
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Old 01-25-2020, 05:32 PM
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Thanks guys I really appreciate the info, I don't plan to sell it I just wanted some info for us to know more about it.
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Old 01-26-2020, 11:32 AM
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I have two from the 1950's. They are both great.
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Old 01-26-2020, 11:52 AM
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1J8XXX is from 1983 according to the SCSW IV.
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Old 01-26-2020, 11:57 AM
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Those are fun little guns. Try some target wadcutters, they are accurate, & fun to shoot.
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:00 PM
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1J8XXX is from 1983 according to the SCSW IV.
That's why I asked the question, how do I know for sure? There is a big difference between 1983 and 69 or early 70.

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Old 01-26-2020, 12:32 PM
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I was wrong. Looked it up on the S&W forum.

The floating "J" is in the serial number instead of the J being a prefix it is after one or two digits in the serial number for example like this 12J345 . Locate your serial number on the butt of the grip frame and see what serial number you have.



Also, keep in mind that a number like this: xJxxxxx (six total digits) is not a "floating J." Those numbers were used in 1982-83.

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Old 01-26-2020, 03:22 PM
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Thanks for the info, the reason I was so picky here about the date is that her dad died in 1975 and her mother always said it was her dad's pistol. I know now that it couldn't have been.
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Old 01-28-2020, 01:53 PM
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I was wrong. Looked it up on the S&W forum.

The floating "J" is in the serial number instead of the J being a prefix it is after one or two digits in the serial number for example like this 12J345 . Locate your serial number on the butt of the grip frame and see what serial number you have.



Also, keep in mind that a number like this: xJxxxxx (six total digits) is not a "floating J." Those numbers were used in 1982-83.

David
Yep I didn't see the 1.
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