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Old 07-27-2020, 07:06 PM
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Friend has a model 36 no dash with serial #83J5XX. Hoping to learn its age

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I don't know whether the young folks at S&W would have that info.

Your Chiefs Special came from the "roving J" serial number era -- 1970 through the mid '70s. It began at 1J1 and went through 999J99, with up to four digits after the J and no more than three before it.

I don't have access to my complete database today, but I'd guess your friend's shipped in late 1971 or early 1972. My 87J974 shipped in March 1972.

Hope this helps.

ps: S&W doesn't track manufacture dates, only shipping dates.
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