Help with S&W

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Oaktree45, Mar 20, 2020.

  1. Oaktree45

    Oaktree45 Well-Known Member

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    I need some help identifying the model number of this S&W pistol. It a five shot .38 S&W special. Did Smith &Wesson make a pistol with a hammer like this or is this some type of modification or repair? Any help is appreciated.
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  2. Nod

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    Somebody ground the hammer probably to pocket carrry. Looks like a 'Chief's special' to me. It's a J frame.
     
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  3. Nmwabbit

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  4. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    There should be some kind designation if you open up the Cylinder and look on the frame. It is a J Frame and ether a Model 36 or a fore runner of the Model 36.
    Model 36-4.jpg And yes, someone Bobbed the Hammer for concealed carry!

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  5. Oaktree45

    Oaktree45 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all for the quick responses. No question this gun has had a hard life.

    Nmwabbit when I entered the serial number into the SW site it just returned the message serial number not valid.

    Sniper03 the only number that show when the cylinder is opened is the gun's serial number in two places.
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  6. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The stories it could tell, if only it could speak
    model 36 Chiefs Special, I’ve been wanting one for a while, I need to quit saying it and get one
     
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  7. Nod

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    OakTree 45 The serial # should be on the bottom of the butt on that model. I don't think those #'s on the yoke are serial #'s. At least that's where mine was.
     
  8. Oaktree45

    Oaktree45 Well-Known Member

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    Here's a picture of the number on the bottom of the butt.

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  9. OLD Ron

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    Mine was that way too . I bought a new hammer ..... 15 min. later all was good .
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  10. Nmwabbit

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    allegedly resolved...
     
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  11. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Looks like it’s a mid 50’s model according to the Standard Catalog of S&W
     
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  13. Rifling82

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    Model 36 Flat Latch
     
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  14. Wambli

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    That’s your serial number. The numbers on the yoke are manufacturing lot numbers. What you have is an original 1956 Chief Special (in was introduced in 1950 at a Chief of Police Conference) from before “Model” numbers were introduced so it’s referred to as a pre-Model 36. That’s why there is no model designation on the gun.

    The ground off hammer spur is not a factory option but a replacement original hammer can be had on eBay for just a few dollars and would restore that gun to its original configuration. Here’s a link to John Taffin excellent article on those guns. http://snubnose.info/docs/swjframes.htm
     
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