So, I picked up a "J" Frame....

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    So, I picked up a "J" Frame....

    I've got a couple wheel guns, one a .38 Taurus with CT lasergrips that lives with my wife in her center console (I know, I know, I keep telling her), one .357 that's in my daughter's upstairs dresser drawer. But I didn't have my own yet, 'til now.

    I found a S&W Model 36 snubbie at the local pawn, all beat to heck with a fair amount of bluing worn and some wannabe Hogue grips on her. Has a little bent spot (dunno the anatomical name-the fanned out spot lateral to the frame just behind the cylinder), just not been shown a lot of love. Serial number J10XXX, so I'm thinking it's a 1969 model. Nothing special, maybe. Got it for $225.

    Gameplan is to call a gunsmith who I do a little trading with, and get some work done on her, straighten up the bent spot, reblue, and try to find a pair of wooden grips that will fit. Then have to find a suitable holster...

    Anyhow, now I need some feedback on holsters (ankle, maybe? either that, or IWB) and which rounds the J frame can take...

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    The Smith & Wesson Model 36, with it's heavier steel frame and hammer which allows single action capabilities, is my favorite J-Frame.

    The last time I packed it I had an opportunity to shoot a skunk at some distance with my revolver and appreciated the capability to cock the revolver and make use of the fine single action trigger.

    I have a British made IWB holster for mine. It works well but is of very thick leather. I use +P 158 grain lead SWCs in all my .38 Special guns including my Chief's Special which is the same gun before it was designated the Model 36. My revolver is 17 years older than yours and shoots fine with the +P.

    I tried an ankle rig years ago but never liked it. It didn't retain the gun in position very well. I'd like to hear what others have found in ankle holsters.

    They are even great for pocket carry. One learns to cover the hammer spur with the thumb while drawing and it becomes a natural movement.
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    While you have it at the Smith - have him send it out and get it Satin or Matte Hard Chromed instead of reblued. It's a great indestructible finish for a carry gun.

    Then...a nice, new set of grips and you're good to go.

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    Congrats on the J,
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    ammo, my preference is Cor-Bon DPX 110 grain
    and yep, covering the hammer with the thumb on the draw is a natural movement, once you learn it you never forget it.
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    I think the "bent spot "is supposed to be there!

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    That 36 is a classic...I would put mine in a Kramer Pocket Holster. They are a very well made rig, IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrash View Post
    I think the "bent spot "is supposed to be there!
    I agree. If it looks like this, it's supposed to be there.
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    I carry my J- frame in a comp-tac, c-tac IWB. Very comfortable. I tried ankle carry and hated that big lump on my leg. The c-tac is the bomb, I love it. As far as ammo I carry Federal hydra-shock 129g JHP or 110g low recoil for the wife. Good luck with your new piece.
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    Post Are You Talking About THAT "Bent" Spot Behind The Cylinder?

    (See PIC Below)

    If so...then Yes, that is supposed to be there.

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    I think the "bent spot "is supposed to be there!

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    LOL, yeah, I figured it out a couple hours ago! Obviously not a wheel gun guy, but I didn't spend a lot of time with it until getting home, and figured out that it wouldn't work to push the cylinder back in without the "bent spot." Lots to learn here...

    Good news is, the mechanics are sound. The barrel doesn't look bad at all, but there was some rust when I pulled off the el cheepo rubber grips (that said Rossi, btw). So, definitely will have to see about rebluing or some other coating/surfacing.

    Anyone know anything about this company?

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    Send the Smith back to S&W for refinishing. You'll swear you have a new gun when it comes back. Nobody does it bettter,that I have seen.
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    Serial number J10XXX, so I'm thinking it's a 1969 model.
    1969 is correct.


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    ankle holster ,,i would get a galco. they hold the j-frame better than others. i use the clip draw belt clip on my model 36 and model 60. works better than any holster. you can "bobbed" the hammer and/or find a factory "bobbed". they just drop in, real easy to do. and you still can fire the gun single action with the "bobbed" hammer. i cut the hammer myself on my model 36 and found a factory "bobbed" hammer for my model 60. both of my j-frames are old, around 1970 time frame. i use +p+ ammo with no problems. but for range days i use 148 gr wad cutter. shoot very little +p+ for the feel. speed loaders and spped strips are the best way to carry extry ammo.
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    J frame fan

    I'm also fond of J frames, as they seem the perfect small carry gun with excellent reliability. The steel models are easier to shoot, but the airweights with aluminum frames certainly carry more easily. I like pocket carry in a Desantis Nemesis holster with the model 642 shown below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    I'm also fond of J frames, as they seem the perfect small carry gun with excellent reliability. The steel models are easier to shoot, but the airweights with aluminum frames certainly carry more easily. I like pocket carry in a Desantis Nemesis holster with the model 642 shown below.

    I wanna see how many gun safes you have POGO...I'm always jealous.
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