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Old 06-26-2010, 08:52 PM
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I lucked into a NIB 1955 Model 36, to include all the paperwork and cleaning rod/brush. I'm wondering what the value might be. It is wrapped in the original protective paper and has never been fired. Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:57 PM
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That's a great find! I want to say around $600, but I'm more familiar with shooter grade Chiefs Specials. Someone will be along to give you a more accurate idea of value.
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It depends. If you are taking the age of the gun from the printed date on the inside of the box top, that is when the text there was last revised; it is not the gun's production date. If this is the case, if you could post a partial serial number from the bottom of the grip frame with any letter in front (J 123xxx), or better still a photo, someone will be along with a value. Hope this is helpful.
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Hi,

In California a unfired Chiefs special with box and all is $700 to $800. Lets see some pictures. I have a 36 no dash in less than pristine condition and the gun still brings in the $400 range.

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Maj Tom, Welcome to the Forum. What color is the box? Ed.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:13 PM
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I plan to get some pics up soon. The serial number is 55xxxx and the box is blue. Included in the paperwork is the original warranty card and the NRA card.
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The standard SN reference is vague on J frames, but based on the 550000 number my best guess would be a 1965 production date.
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If the gun is stamped Model 36 on the frame (in the yoke cut-out) and the box says Model 36 on it, it is post-1957. '57 is the year they got model numbers. Before that, the steel J frame .38 was just called the Chief Special.

Sounds like a great gun to acquire!
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:28 PM
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It is stamped with mod 36. Therefore I was off by a decade, not that it matters. Now I just have to decide what I want to do with it; shoot it, save it as is, or sell it....
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Thanks to all who answered. I moved to the right forum and posted pictures....

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