Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > Smith & Wesson Revolvers > S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961
Forum Register Expert Commentary Members List

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-15-2012, 02:07 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default 1955 S&W 36-1 .38 Special

A friend of our family had an uncle pass away, and among the items found was a 1955 Smith & Wesson model 36-1. Blue finish and right side of the barrel says "38 S&W, SPECIAL CTG.". It is in the original cardboard box, and inside the box it says April 15, 1955. The serial number is J130xxx. Inside the box there is also a small leather gun pouch, cleaning rod, and an ad catalog for S&W ammunition. The only problem I can see is that on the hammer, the pin that holds the firing pin to the hammer must have fallen out, because there's a paperclip inserted in its place to hold the two together.

Any idea of its worth? Being that this apparently is so old, is it worth more than a more recent model? I don't want her to get low balled at a gun shop.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 02:43 PM
SaxonPig's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: The kidney of Dixie.
Posts: 7,498
Likes: 27
Liked 4,906 Times in 1,454 Posts

That 1955 date is the copyright on the printing on the box. The 36-1 dates from 1967 to 1982 with the J serial prefix beginning in 1969.

A wild guess at value would be $250-$350 bearing in mind it apparently needs repairs.
It's insulting to call me Pig.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
Old 05-15-2012, 11:13 PM
SWCA Member
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: California
Posts: 8,005
Commentaries: 3
Likes: 1,673
Liked 2,466 Times in 1,405 Posts

A 36-1 has a 3" heavy barrel which is a little more desireable to some people. Hers was made about 1980.

If she wants to sell it, post it here on this forum in the classifieds for free. Then she can get the amount the local dealer would sell it for. The problem with the firing pin is a simple one and if she doesn't sell it here, she will be low-balled if she doesn't get it repaired first.
S&WCA #819

Last edited by Hondo44; 05-15-2012 at 11:17 PM.
Reply With Quote

1955, leather, s&w, smith & wesson, smith and wesson

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 Thread, 1955 S&W 36-1 .38 Special in Smith & Wesson Revolvers; A friend of our family had an uncle pass away, and among the items found was a 1955 Smith & ...
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1955 chiefs special gkids7 WANTED to Buy 0 02-02-2012 08:40 PM
1955 .45 ACP value? PhysicsGuy S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 5 04-06-2009 01:10 AM
*SPF* Pre-36 Chief Special 1955 Vintage Flat Latch dunnyboy GUNS - For Sale or Trade 2 02-15-2009 07:20 PM
1955 papalondog S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 11 10-26-2008 06:17 AM
S&W Chief Special 1955??? mulehide9 S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 10 09-29-2008 11:05 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3 tested by Norton Internet Security tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:52 AM.

S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2015 is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)