S&W Model 36

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  1. hockeydawg

    hockeydawg XDTalk 1K Member

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    Okay, I'm trying to get a date from the serial number on the Model 36 I bought for my wife a few years ago. I bought it used for next to nothing and now it may wind up on the selling block but wanted to get some info on it before I do. Anybody here have the S&W bible that can date it for me? s/n is 80J2xx.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Just because this thread is useless without pictures...

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    *Your weapon has the mysterious "floating J" thing going on. Just pretend it's at the beginning of the number for date identification. Looks like '81. Nice piece!

    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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    Thanks...and I've got some offers on it, just not sure if I wanna sell it. Looking for a hammerless or a semiauto for my wife to carry so if I do sell it, the money will go towards whatever she winds up liking.
     
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    Okay, so I got an offer on the gun and I took it. Thanks your your help Jackson.
     
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    You're welcome!
     

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