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Old 06-05-2018, 07:35 PM
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Picked this up at a local pawn shop. I have purchased several very nice Smiths at this shop and this is no exception. No bluing loss anywhere and only a slight turn line. Ser. # 97J424, stocks match and are very nice. No box or papers.

Would appreciate a date if someone could research.

Don't know what these a selling for lately; haven't seen many around here. I paid $500 OTD.

Thanks,
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Old 06-05-2018, 07:40 PM
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The “floating J” should place this as 1971-1972.

Someone else may come along and narrow the date down a bit.....

Nice score for $500!!
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Old 06-06-2018, 07:35 AM
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That's a nice looking Chiefs, and I believe you did okay, price-wise. Congrats.

I'd say it likely shipped in the first quarter of 1971.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:20 AM
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These are awesome little shooters! There are a few threads going about them now and the same themes are reoccurring, great well balanced shooters. This is my favorite for backyard plinking.

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Old 06-07-2018, 07:03 PM
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My 3" mod 36 J frame shoots on target at 15 yards.
I'll bet it would be as accurate at 25 yds except I can't see the 10 ring at that distance. WILL NOT put a red dot on it.
Reload with 2.7gr Bullseye with Hornaday 148 gr HBWC
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:04 PM
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I have a model 36-3inch bbl, Serial 2J2869 Must be one on the early ones
I purchased this revolver I believe in the 70's as an off duty.
Thinking of selling it, what is a good price for this weapon.
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:25 PM
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I just picked up a 3" standard barrel J203XXX in very nice shape but with pachs for $500.00 at gun show a few weeks back. Probably 1974.
Quite pleased.
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Old 06-11-2018, 05:21 PM
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Hey 777, you paid to much.
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[quote=gmborkovic;140064777]Hey 777, you paid to much.

Could be. I'm in South Florida, want to sell me your 3" Model 36-0, thin barrel in fine condition for $500.00?
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Very nice. If it were mine, I’d put some Pach compacts on it, load it with 158gr +p LSWCHP, and carry it AIWB. But that is me. Enjoy it.
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CONGRATS ! ! ! THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL REVOLVER. I WOULD HAVE PURCHASED IT MYSELF, FOR $500......

IMHO, ITS CRYING OUT FOR A BLACK GRIP ADAPTER, FROM TYLER-T. OR BK......

BELOW IS MY M686, WEARING A TYLER-T. IT IMPROVES GUN CONTROL, AND I THINK THAT IT ADDS A CLASSY, VINTAGE LOOK......

YMMV......
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Very nice. I always wanted a square-butt 36 with the 3-inch tapered barrel. Never found one and got fidgety and bought a 3-inch heavy-barrel gun instead. Great looking gun. Congrats!
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:45 PM
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[QUOTE=retnavyshooter;140059161
I paid $500 OTD.

Thanks,
Mick[/QUOTE]

You done good!
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These are awesome guns. Mine is my EDC.


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Old 06-16-2018, 04:58 PM
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. . . Ser. # 97J424 . . . Would appreciate a date if someone could research . . .
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The “floating J” should place this as 1971-1972 . . . Someone else may come along and narrow the date down a bit.....
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. . . I'd say it likely shipped in the first quarter of 1971.
I'm going to guess sometime in the 1st quarter of 1972 . . . not because I have one nearby with a known ship date . . . or that I've been keeping track of actual ship dates for floating J s/n's . . . but because I got bored one day and did some ciphering on the floating J plus one-to-five numerical digits serial numbers

IF the floating J serial numbers started Jan 1st 1971 and ended Dec 31st 1972 . . . and IF there were an equal number of “floating J-frames” produced in 1971 and 1972 . . . the dividing line between '71 and '72 would be near the 56J prefix . . . meaning a 1J1 to 55J999 s/n would be 1971 and a 56J1 to 999J99 would be 1972.

If that’s not intuitive, here's a hint: 1J1 to 1J9999 has 10,000 combinations . . . and . . . 999J1 to 999J99 has 100 combinations.

Hopefully someone who has been keeping tract of actual ship dates will come along and provide us a real (rather than theoretical) answer to this perplexing question.

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Old 06-16-2018, 07:11 PM
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I almost like it better than my 2".
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Picked this up at a local pawn shop. I have purchased several very nice Smiths at this shop and this is no exception. No bluing loss anywhere and only a slight turn line. Ser. # 97J424, stocks match and are very nice. No box or papers.

Would appreciate a date if someone could research.

Don't know what these a selling for lately; haven't seen many around here. I paid $500 OTD.

Thanks,
Mick
Most likely shipped April 1972. Attsa nice un!
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retnavyshooter,

First: thank you for your military service!

Second: Congrats on finding that jewel.

I prefer the 3", either barrel.

1975; with target grips:


And w/o:
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