Need Some I.D. Help

Discussion in 'Smith & Wesson Forum' started by KimberFan, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. KimberFan

    KimberFan New Member

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    I just picked this little feller up and was wondering if anyone can help me
    find out the approx year it was produced? #61XJXX
    Model 36 S&W .38 Special

    Very much appreciated!

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  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    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