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Old 10-23-2011, 09:01 PM
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Just picked up a Model 36, no dash. Blue with a pinned 1 7/8" bbl. Was wondering if anyone could tell me what year it was manufactured. S/N is 619XXX. The person I bought it from thought it had been made around 1968. Plus I also have a Model 10, blue with a 6" bbl that was my Dad's and I know he got it from his brother in the 60"s and I was wondering what year that one was manufactured. S/N C420XXX. Can anyone help?
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1967 or '68 would be a good guess for your model 36; someone here may have a factory letter or more specific information. The model 10 looks to have been shipped in 1959. Hope this is helpful.
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Just picked one up yesterday 3986xx.ScSw just shows1962-69 range. Would appreciate any info that could pin it down a tad. Pinned, flat latch, grips correct, all that good stuff. 12 many, hope you don't mind me riding in on your thread? Just wondering about that 36, as you are. Thanks

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1967 or '68 would be a good guess for your model 36; someone here may have a factory letter or more specific information. The model 10 looks to have been shipped in 1959. Hope this is helpful.
It is. Thanks!!
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Just picked one up yesterday 3986xx.ScSw just shows1962-69 range. Would appreciate any info that could pin it down a tad. Pinned, flat latch, grips correct, all that good stuff. 12 many, hope you don't mind me riding in on your thread? Just wondering about that 36, as you are. Thanks

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Just picked one up yesterday 3986xx.ScSw just shows1962-69 range. Would appreciate any info that could pin it down a tad. Pinned, flat latch, grips correct, all that good stuff. 12 many, hope you don't mind me riding in on your thread? Just wondering about that 36, as you are. Thanks

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A similar situation, the SN range as you noted from the SCSW is vague. The flat latch went away in 1966 and I would guess yours is pretty close to the end of the run.
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Murphydog, "Thank you, Sir"

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Hi,

The low 300,000 serial number range on my "flat latch" + "diamond stock" original Model 36 dates it to around 1964. Indeed, you have one of the last of the flat latch models.

When I see a flat latch and/or diamond stocked Smith in a gun shop my knees get a little weak . . . and sometimes my wallet gets a little lighter too!!!

Here's mine in a Mitch Rosen UPL left-handed holster . . . a great holster for a classic revolver indeed!



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Tom, that is just stupendous. Beautiful gun and rig. Thanks for sharing. And the info.

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