The front sight was a fixed, no-snag serrated ramp that ran the length of the barrel, while the rear sight was simply a groove milled into the topstrap. There is some dispute regarding the dates on some serial numbers and your gun may actually be a year off from what is listed. I got both of these saturday, I am a sucker for vintage snubbies. Leave out the last couple of digits if you like, but include x's. No one but no one can tell me what I've got as far as year. Besides a little info on this revolver, I would also like to know if it is safe to fire +P ammo through it? Without having to buying it, if you have a Barnes and Nobles in your area they usually stock a copy that you can look at. Can anyone offer some insight to this nice little revolver? This is a quandry with what we found.
. I bought it used for next to nothing and now it may wind up on the selling block but wanted to get some info on it before I do. If not then that particular specimen was one of a handful purchased by the U. Other versions include the Chiefs Special Airweight with an aluminum-alloy cylinder and frame do not shoot these without having them factory-checked for safety beforehand , and the highly popular stainless steel Ladysmith. I know this is a 7 yr span but If I were to guess I would narrow it down to somewhere between '66 and '69. He says, in post 4, that the number on the bottom of the grip is in the 400,000s. For models 36, 37, 38, 49, 50 and pre model number versions.
Don't know about the internet, but I have a book. They beefed up the gun by lengthening and strengthening the cylinder and frame thus making it a true. Late 1947 — Early 1948 S72,000 — S72,499………. Practical Machinist is the easiest way to learn new techniques, get answers quickly and discuss common challenges with your peers. Join us to discuss firearms of all kinds, gun accessories, legal issues and more. Sounds good, I will let yall know.
However, there were obviously enough complaints from those with beefier hands, as a slightly less concealable square-butt version was introduced in 1952, starting with serial number 21,342. I have been pretty successful in finding dates for old Smiths. Okay, I'm trying to get a date from the serial number on the Model 36 I bought for my wife a few years ago. N Series N Frames: N1 — N60,000…………. Thankfully, most people will probably have a newer gun with the serial numbers, and it should be relatively easy to get more background information using that number. In one known example a gun with serial S136431 was not shipped until June of 1958.
Serial number 337 was shipped to and is engraved with his name. I don't know how 'old' your gun is. The old guns without the serial numbers are the ones that can be a little trickier. Even so, I doubt the tens of thousands of law enforcement officers and civilians who have packed this diminutive but rugged revolver would call it cute. You may have to remove the grips to see it. Hellstrom realized there was a need for a snub-nosed revolver, similar in size to the company's Terrier, but revamped to handle the more powerful. Changes from the 3rd Model of 1905 were mainly internal.
I will be getting some original grips for the smith, I would assume the wood diamond grips would be appropriate for this model. The barrel is not heavy by my estimation, it is pinned, and it is a hand eject. It at least one case a gun has a 5-screw serial and was built as a 4-screw gun. It has three screws on the right side of the frame and one on the front of the trigger guard. The serial numbers have no letters, it has a lanyard strap in the grip butt and Trade Mark is on the right side. You can try to contact their customer support by phone and see if they would be willing to help you that way. Nope, it's very clearly stamped.
Those pre 36's and 36's are pretty neat little guns. The smith has a 423,5xx number on the but of the grips but has the matching 78,xxx number under the grips on the same piece of metal. Perhaps inspired by the already well-established Colt Detective Special, the overriding choice from the attendees was to call it the Chiefs Special. It has never been fired since I have owned it. Identifying features: This is where to look for the model number not used until around 1957.
It easily fit her hand, and after some extended time at the range shooting Glaser self-defense loads and standard factory ammo +P ammo should be avoided with these snubbies , she became uncannily proficient with it. By the way, some Smiths have a lot of numbers on them. In 1952, at serial number 21,342, a square-butt option was offered. Why would they mark it as such? Even with the recent advent of ultra-compact handguns, the remains an extremely popular pocket revolver. Five years later, M36 Chief Special was, once again, used to. We use data about you for a number of purposes explained in the links below. For models 36, 37, 38, 49, 50 and pre model number versions.
In the episode 'Rock Star in the House', Wilfred is very strict about London's behavior when it comes to celebrities. Sometimes people think a gun is 'old' when it was made in my lifetime. Please feel free to email me it that is easier. Still other offshoots of the basic Model 36 are the shrouded-hammer Model 49 Bodyguard and the hammerless Model 40 Centennial, with its famous grip safety. Keep in mind that many Smith and Wesson guns produced before 1957 did not have a serial number stamped on them. Part of this contract was cancelled, resulting in a large number of these being sold to a wholesaler, who then re-sold them for civilian use.
For the Model 36, they sought to design a revolver that could fire the more powerful compared to the or the round in a small, concealable package. The gold color was actually titanium nitride. I posted some pics to help clarify. As the Terrier was built on the slightly smaller I-frame, this newer revolver became the first of the J-frame series and carried its own set of serial numbers. Late 1955 — Early 1956 S150,000 — S175,999……Late 1956 — Early 1957 S176,000 — S181,999……Late 1957 — Early 1958 S182,000 — S194,499……Late 1958 — Early 1959 S194,500 — S206. Not looking for value as it is sentimental. Our goal is to be a friendly community that welcomes enthusiasts of all makes and models! Those are the most expensive part to replace and the hardest to find I wish I could find some for mine.