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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.

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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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