Are any of you Addicts S&W wheel gun subject matter experts . . . ?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by ZoidMeister, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I know, I know, this is a 1911 forum, but . . . . . .

    I happened across an old S&W revolver that I am being told doesn't fit the normal S&W model designation.

    I am interested to know if I have a unicorn, a "Wednesday after mardi-gras" production piece, or a "one-horned goat."

    For starters, it is a Model 36 "no dash".

    Anyone know more than the average bear about these?
     
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  2. Mercury

    Mercury Active Member

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    Oct 27, 2011
    I'll give it a shot, what ya got?
     
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  3. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    You serious or are you auditioning for a job in a dairy barn?
     
  4. BennyAdeline

    BennyAdeline Official Hi-Point Brand Representative

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    Nov 26, 2018
    I know a bit, Z. What’s the question? Can you share pics?
     
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  5. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I've been told that the Model 36-0 (no dash) came as a five-shot, .38 Special, round butt with a 1-7/8" barrel. The "Chief's Special" it was branded. I had one my Dad left me, but being a 1911 guy, I foolishly traded it away a few years ago. My hands were too large to use it comfortably. So . . . . .

    Getting a nostalgic yearning for that old gun of my Dad's, I run across a Model 36-0 that is a square butt, 3".

    The local Smith guys said that S&W never made the 36-0 as a square butt, 3" and that it had to be a model 36-1, which was a square butt. Not sure if there were barrel length varieties.

    So, is a 36-0 square butt, 3" an oddity, or what?
     
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  6. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Sure, here it is.

    Oh by the way, I need to add this one to the "Latest Impulse Buy" thread as well . . . . . .

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  7. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    Owned the same pistol several years ago Z. They know not of what they speak. Nice old wheelie, enjoy it.
     
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  8. Mercury

    Mercury Active Member

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    Oct 27, 2011
    -1 on the 36 indicates a 3" heavy barrel, which it appears to have, but it lacks the -1 stamp.
    It was not unusual for S&W to use spare parts to assemble a gun. Or, it could be that the barrel was changed to a 3" after it left the factory. Can you provide a photo of the muzzle, it's a little hard for me to be sure that it's a HB.
     
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  9. jaydoc

    jaydoc i'm riding a turtle!

    Aug 10, 2012
  10. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget

    Aug 18, 2015
    My next post... Lol
     
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  11. Mike0251

    Mike0251 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Mar 25, 2016
    Post the first 4 of the SN and I'll give you a year built. Or PM me.
     
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  12. DWdude

    DWdude Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2019
    War Party has much S&W knowledge.
     
  13. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014

    Does this help?


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  14. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    S&W produced the 36 is 2" barrel with round grip and 3" in square grip. The pre-36 Chief Specials were also offered in similar configuration.
     
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  15. Mercury

    Mercury Active Member

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    Oct 27, 2011
    I agree with what SparkyAZ said and to answer your question: it is my understanding that the 36 no dash was offered in both a round or square butt configuration. The interesting thing about yours is that it's a 3" w/o the -1. I am not sure how unusual that is.
    It's in nice shape, so enjoy it.
     
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  16. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014

    No problem, and eternal thanks!


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  17. Lou1

    Lou1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 1, 2018
  18. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    She’s a beauty, Curly. S&W production is all over the place. I would assume it’s a M36 (no dash) trasition gun. As explained earlier, S&W used what they had available. Certainly worth a letter from S&W. Nice score!
     
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  19. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    1976 -1977 but I'm not an expert pinned barrel went away in 1982
     

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