Carefully remove all three screws and take note of the head size. Sometimes the serial number is here, especially in later models. The serial numbers have no letters, it has a lanyard strap in the grip butt and Trade Mark is on the right side. This improved hammer block is still utilized in today's commercial Smith and Wesson revolvers. I don't think Smith would stamp a model number on a gun sent in for repair.
The one in front of the trigger guard, the fifth screw retained the cylinder lock spring. Both are a 100% mechanically and the smith is 85% cosmetically with the colt cobra being 70 to 75%. Whether or not we would declare it the archetypal snubby would come down a matter of personal taste, but the Chiefs Special is certainly the leading contender for that designation. They are all built to the length that will accommodate. The Victory model revolvers participated in various roles from guard duty to riding in a shoulder holster with fighter and bomber pilots.
Late 1947 — Early 1948 S72,000 — S72,499………. I got both of these saturday, I am a sucker for vintage snubbies. I've been researching the internet for quite some time and getting alot of conflicting information. Numerous minor changes were made through the years, including the switch from a flat to a contoured cylinder-release in 1966. If the grips are original to the gun, and have a diamond around the screw, then it was produced prior to 1968, when these were discontinued.
My wife purchased a model 36 before we were married from a gun show. Ordnance acceptance marks: The acceptance mark varies with the particulars of the order placed. In its essential notes, it is copied by Ruger, Taurus and Charter Arms. The revolver is stamped with model 36 inside the hinge which I see means after 1957. The dash numbers, after the model number, i. This variant had a 3-inch full lug barrel with adjustable sights and a blued glass finish. The serial numbers that I found on the internet do not make sense with the numbers that I am finding.
Something does not jive with what you are saying. The Navy also applied a Property mark on the left side plate on some revolvers; these were filled in with red paint. She arrived filthy dirty, but not from gunpowder residue, rather from dust as if the firearm had been stored on top of a dresser for years. If that doesn't work, then you could try to contact a gun shop and see if they can help you. The one on the right doesn't have a pin. Victory model 38 Special — 352,000 shipped to the Army and Navy. While the all steel early models will probably stand up to a limited amount of +p, they were not designed to handle it.
If you look at about a half inch past where the barrel meets the frame, you'll see a small pin on the gun on the left. I found one in acceptable shape on GunBroker and the serial number provided by the seller did not match any particular date. V1 to approximately V39,999 were predominately. From approximately V300000 to end of production G. They have since then been withdrawn from active carry, but they are still all being kept in the General Police Headquarters in Floriana.
Postwar production serial numbers are prefixed with the letter S. Hammer and Trigger are case hardened. Late 1948 - Early 1949 S72,500 — S74,999………. Shows signs of holster wear only. Use a screwdriver which is made for that size screw to not scratch or otherwise affect the value of the gun. Navy marked pistols usually have none. When I find out more I will let you know.
I think the cost now is about 50 bucks. Approximately 615 Model 36-6 Target variations were produced. I would be willing to suggest that it is the most influential compact revolver design of the 20th Century. Please recheck the serial number. For those Smith Wesson with serial numbers, see the pictures below to find where to look. Some references are saying the butt of the handle and some say inside the hinge.
The Chiefs Special was the first 5-shot J-frame. . The following numbers are 9093. I posted some pics to help clarify. This can very depending on the contract. Those pre 36's and 36's are pretty neat little guns. I'm getting differing opinions as to where the serial number is.
I was going to sell it and wanted to know more. Thanks 1blindref, I'll look for the pinning tonight and I appreciate you looking in your catalog. These new revolvers were chambered for a new more powerful type of ammunition capable of firing a 158-grain 10. Navy orders you will find no acceptance marks on the original two contracts they placed. After the war these N-frame revolvers were popular with veterans experimentally the. The barrel release is not the older flat from what I can tell but curved. The video is slightly less specific about the Victory Model but is interesting.