Smith & Wesson 36: Opinions/Advice?

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    Smith & Wesson 36: Opinions/Advice?

    I came across on of Smith's newest versions of the 36 in a gun shop the other day. A classic snubby.

    Does anyone out there have one? I don't care if it's an old one or a new one...

    Good gun?

    Worth buying?

    I gotta tell ya, it looks k-e-w-l, old school. Blued with walnut grips.
    Something about it appeals to me....

    Talk to me about the ones you folks have run across...
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    Can't give any advice Randy but - some while ago I missed out on a dreamy deal for a j-frame 3" M36-1 IIRC it was ... full lug. I like heavier guns and this one was a beaut'. This was the old Chief's Special I think.

    All I can say is - whether snub or longer ... judging by the older ones it's on my list but - for my taste I'd prefer an earlier one if I could find it.
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    Greetings,

    I own a model 36 and I am very pleased with it. I bought mine used for about 250. If it is a pinned barrel model, a good price is around 300. If the price is right, and it is a pre-lock piece, I think it's worth buying. I haven't seen any yet, but I heard there was a run of new model 36's (or was it the 442, I don't know) that were made without the internal lock. I think your best deal would be to find a used one in good shape.
    I agree with you, the model 36 is a classic snubby, there's a nickle plated one at the range I go to, that I would love to pick up, if I had the money.
    It took me a bit to get used to the sights, but mine is quite accurate. After playing around with grips, I found out that for me, the best is the stock grips with a grip adaptor.
    Hope this helps!

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    I would comment.....but I might be Biased.





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    hard to beat a model 36. great little gun. i carry one along with the clip draw clip. also got a model 60. best little gun that you can find. don't worry about he sights, it is a point and shoot gun. get a speed loader strip for your pocket, that way you got one reload with one round to hold.
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    Smith is re-issuing the blued 36... a classic look but it does have the lock..they are also re-issuing their first model centennial with the grip safety in the backstrap...since it has that, it doesn't have a lock...

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    You just got to love a good old school wheel gun. My favorite is my Model 60 because I like stainless steel.
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    Last Christmas I got a brand new model 36, chrome with rosewood grips...always wanted a snazzy looking snubby! I paid a bundle for this special little cutie (S&W made 300 of them), but don't regret it one bit.

    It weighs in at 20 ounces, five more than the wife's 642, which I found makes a big difference for pocket carry. Both are great little carry pieces though.

    "It's a big gun when I carry it, it is also a big gun when I take it out” – Clint Smith

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    Couldnt' resist.

    It's on layaway for me as of today!
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    So...its been a while. Did you get the 36?

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    Yes! I have carried it every day since Sept. 1997. I use a fobus paddle holster and a pocket holster that i made. I also carry Bianchi speed strips for reloading. I will even confess that my 36 has "lady smith" engraved on it and sweet "lady" rosewood grips.
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    You must post pics! I absoulutely love my early 1960's M36. I bought mine for cheap as it was not loved by the previous owner. It was a complete mess...it was mechanically perfect, but the finish was derelict.

    So, I had to have it completely refinished with a parkerizing. Great little carry gun now.

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    I've got a 1970 Model 36 that I just adore. I put Eagle rosewood grips on it for better handling and it looks and feels great. Here's a few pics-Scott.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MNBurl View Post
    You just got to love a good old school wheel gun. My favorite is my Model 60 because I like stainless steel.
    Me, too.



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    She is a beaut...nice grips too.

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