Talk to me about M36 Chief's Special

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    Talk to me about M36 Chief's Special

    I have a guy that wants to trade me for my S & W M65-3 4 inch .357mag. He has a M36 Chiefs Special that although has some blemishes is in great shape. I have been wanting a snubbie for pocket carry for sometime now. So what do you guys think?
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    The 36, in its standard trim, is not the best configuration for pocket carry. One issue is the weight of the steel gun vs the air-weight. The other issue is the spur on the hammer. I don't mind the weight and the Mod 36 that I have has a factory DAO bobbed hammer. It works for pocket carry, but I usually use my Mod 649 stainless bodyguard.

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    I agree, since you said "pocket carry" you need to check out a 642.

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    Ojectively speaking, there may be better choices for pocket carry than the Chief's Special. But it can certainly be used very well in that role.

    I love mine, and I pocket carry it very often. I have very small hands and really like the factory grips (walnut, round butt)- - I can get my pinky up on it.

    It's a great gun and I'd bet you'd be very happy with it.
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    Funny you should mention the chief..I just bought an older one today at a gun show in charleston wv in excellent condition for $225.
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    Dammed fine handgun , i have only owned 12 or 14 of them over the years and have not hung onto one yet .. Since i like them it says something lol .
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    Personally I'd hold out for a shrouded hammer humpback. The Holy Grail in 2" .38s for me are the old MSP M49s with stainless cylinders. In the 80s when MSP got rid of 'em they were a dime a dozen at all the gun shows. Haven't seen one since.
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    I really like my 36, but I think you would be getting the short end in that deal.
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    What SIXTO said.

    S&W recently re-introduced the Model 40 Centennial without the internal lock. It's all steel and a bit heavy for pocket carry, but still a better choice for that role than the M36.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    I really like my 36, but I think you would be getting the short end in that deal.
    I thought they were valued around the same with edge actually going to the 36?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    I thought they were valued around the same with edge actually going to the 36?
    This is true, however your trading away a solid 357 for a 38... a 38 that you probably wont be happy with for your intended use. I have and really like an older 36. I wouldnt trade it away for anything, but a pocket gun its not.

    Your 357 is much more useful gun and better trade material down the road. If a 36 is what you want, the trade is OK. I just think you should be able to trade the 357 for a better pocket gun, like a 642/637/442.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    This is true, however your trading away a solid 357 for a 38... a 38 that you probably wont be happy with for your intended use. I have and really like an older 36. I wouldnt trade it away for anything, but a pocket gun its not.

    Your 357 is much more useful gun and better trade material down the road. If a 36 is what you want, the trade is OK. I just think you should be able to trade the 357 for a better pocket gun, like a 642/637/442.
    Well, I do already have a true pocket gun with my Kel-Tec......

    I have just wanted a snubbie for a while and this is a flat latch Chief's Special......

    Tough decision. I'll sleep on it since nothing is set in stone yet.
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    I dont mean to talk you out of the trade, if its what you want go for it. The 36 is a classic for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    I dont mean to talk you out of the trade, if its what you want go for it. The 36 is a classic for sure.
    Well that is why I wanted to discuss it. I like to hear others chime in and yours is a very respected opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knuckledrager View Post
    The 36, in its standard trim, is not the best configuration for pocket carry. One issue is the weight of the steel gun vs the air-weight. The other issue is the spur on the hammer. I don't mind the weight and the Mod 36 that I have has a factory DAO bobbed hammer. It works for pocket carry, but I usually use my Mod 649 stainless bodyguard.

    I like my Chief for all the above reasons: I hate light frame small revolvers. They are very difficult for me to shoot well, but my" heavy"
    old fashioned steel frame 36 is very accurate and dependable for me.
    I like the exposed hammer, even for carrying in a pocket holster (put your thumb over it when you draw-problem over)
    Mine has survived nearly 30 years of carry and is still tight and accurate.

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