I have a Smith & Wesson Model 36 with a 2" barrel I'm quite fond of, yet I notice that most all, well virtually all, I see for sale have pinned barrels, but mine doesn't? Is this something that was done during a particular time period, or is it fairly common and I'm just not seeing them? Any clues on this?
Well I partially found the answer to my own question .. I wrote to S&W and they said my Mod 36 was a 1985 issue, I had assumed that the non pinned barrels were older than the pinned ones, that the pins came later. Oh well, so much for thinking.