A friend of mine bought his first firearm from an individual at a gun show last week. It is a S&W model 36 with 1972 stamped under the cylinder crane. When I looked at the piece yesterday, I couldn't find the serial # (google searches today tell me it's on the butt of the gun). The first thing I told him was get your azz to a gunsmith to make sure everything is in working order (I pulled the trigger a few times with some snap-caps, you should have seen the horror on my face when the cylinder stuck). More importantly, he got .38 special +p ammo with it. Does anyone know if a S&W .38 special made in 1972 can handle .38 spl +p? I will try to get the actual serial # from him today. The piece did not come with the original owner's manual. It will be beautiful once it is cleaned and properly serviced though. Any help is greatly appreciated!