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38 S & W SPL Marcas Registradas Serial # XXXXX

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38 S & W SPL
Marcas Registradas
Serial # XXXXX
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That's not enough to identify that revolver. Are there any other markings on the gun? Be sure to open the cylinder and see if any markings become visible when you do that.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Model 36

Springfield Mass

1 7/8 chrome/with walnet gripes

The Smith & Wesson Model 36 5-shot J-frame .38 Special revolver, also called the "Chief's Special) was introduced in 1950. It has a 2 or 3 inch barrel. The 3 inch originally with a round butt, which changed to a square butt in 1952 and back again in 1992. It can have a blue or nickel-plated finish and comes with checkered walnut grips. A 3-inch heavy-barrel configuration was introduced in 1967, become standard in 1975.

Based on the serial number provided, your gun was made after 1983.

Retail values:

Excellent: $430-$640
Very Good: $320-$360
Good: $230-$260

I hope this helps.


Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The date made?

I've had the gun since 1975 and it was a used gun then.

Serial # XXXXX


22439 (numbers shown inside)

on the base of the handle it is: 4J4482

Iam unfamilar with guns and just saw the 22439 numbers, sorry.

Ok - that 22439 number would make the manufacture date in 1952/1953.

There is a 1Jxxxxx made in 1983 and my book left off there. The 22439 number makes more sense.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Will the value be the same?

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