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Thread: S&W serial#/date of manf.
12-16-2007, 01:00 AM #1
S&W serial#/date of manf.
Where can I find a list telling the manufacture date for the serial number on a S&W model 36 Chief Special?
12-16-2007, 01:21 AM #2
for $30 the factory offers a "Letter of Authenticity" for your pistol.
other than that, ive heard its hard to date a s+w exactly due to them using a strange numbering system. dont know for sure if its true or not.
12-16-2007, 01:28 AM #3
Thanks for the info. I searched the web and found nothing of help. I may have to pay the piper.
12-16-2007, 02:28 AM #4
S&W serial/date of manufacture
Try this Site
12-16-2007, 08:09 AM #5
I don't know about the exact date but, I called Smith and gave them my Sn. and they told me the year.
12-16-2007, 01:36 PM #6
Huntingguy, that sounds good. Do you have the number you called?
I have mine and my uncles mod 36. I know when I bought mine and I have a vague idea of when my uncle bought his. He's dead now so I can't ask.
How did you find the number if you don't still have it?
If all else fails I will join and seek the info on the S&W site above.
12-16-2007, 10:33 PM #7
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The number is from the link above. I am pretty sure that is the one I called. I had an early J frame I wanted to convert to a 32HR so I called... It is possible I got in contact with the custom shop... (No they wouldn't convert it...)
12-17-2007, 01:40 AM #8
Thanks huntinguy, I'll call them monday.
Why don't you reline the barrel and make a new cylinder???
My dad had a S&W .32 kit gun with a 4" barrel. The kit gun is a J frame. You may be able to find a kit gun with a snub barrel or you could snub it yourself.
I ended up with dads guns and gave the kit gun to my sister.
12-18-2007, 08:47 AM #9
It is the same gun as you mentioned but with a three inch barrel. The gun is perfect, not even a wear mark. Maybe it has 100 rounds through it.
My daughter (13) shot it a few times then it went back to its owner. I thought it was going to stay with me, that is when I called Smith. I just wanted a little more power out of it.
I really like the 32. great kids gun, makes bigger holes than a 22. impresses the kids more.