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Old 10-15-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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I recently came across this nice 38 but can't decipher the serial number or stamps. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Looks to me like it is stamped model 16. Have a pic of the whole gun? also. Serial number is on the bottom of the butt

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Hard to tell from the glare, but if it is a .38 Special 5 shot J-frame it should be a model 36

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I zoomed in on the image the best I could and it appears to be a model 36 from what I see. The serial number would be on the bottom of the butt, the numbers underneath the model number are just numbers the they used to help identify the firearm during manufacturer........if you want to know more about Smith & Wesson's, check out http://smith-wessonforum.com/forum.php

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Yep, model 36. Here are fresh pics. Do they offer any other info?

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I took it to the gunsmith to have the hammer bobbed to prevent a snag out of the pocket and he said to lock it up and never modify. What do you kind folks think?

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You mean lock it up as a family jewel? It isn't rare or collectible.

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I'm not sure what he mean's by locking it up. If he meant in a safe somewhere, I'd say it isn't that collectible IMHO. I personally would go to the S&W form i posted the link to, go to the appropriate section of 1961-1980 revolvers and post the question there about the hammer. A lot more people who specialize in S&W guns there. Personally I'd just shoot it as she is and enjoy it and not worry about the hammer snagging any clothes. I carry my model 30-1 and never have a problem snagging on my clothes.

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I'm not sure what he mean's by locking it up. If he meant in a safe somewhere, I'd say it isn't that collectible IMHO. I personally would go to the S&W form i posted the link to, go to the appropriate section of 1961-1980 revolvers and post the question there about the hammer. A lot more people who specialize in S&W guns there. Personally I'd just shoot it as she is and enjoy it and not worry about the hammer snagging any clothes. I carry my model 30-1 and never have a problem snagging on my clothes.
Depends on your mode of carry. OWB, IWB, no problem. Pocket carry is what makes snagging relevant. If the hammer snags on a draw, you won't forget it.
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I would say, use it but don't muck it up with a bobbed hammer.

Find another S&W that has the internal or shielded hammer if you feel you need a J-frame that way.

I hate to see these modified. You probably will also after a while.

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Yep, model 36. Here are fresh pics. Do they offer any other info?

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I took it to the gunsmith to have the hammer bobbed to prevent a snag out of the pocket and he said to lock it up and never modify. What do you kind folks think?
I'm not a fan of bobbed hammers. I sometimes carry a 637 in a blackhawk size 3 pocket holster. No issues with it snagging the hammer...So far anyway.

As for your 36, I don't think it's some rare gun but it's hard to say. Maybe it's got something special to it. Maybe your gunsmith just don't like bobbing hammers.
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