SMITH & WESSON MODEL 36-1 3" BARREL (NICKEL)
Smith & Wesson Model 36-1 manufactured in the 1976-1977 era. In factory box with some paperwork. The condition of this revolver is amazing for a 40+-year-old gun. We purchased this as an unfired gun and when you look at the overall condition I have to agree. It has the 3" barrel and a beautiful Nickel Finish is perfect as is the Factory Wood Grips. Please take a close look at the pictures as this one should sell quickly.
The Model 36 was designed in the era just after World War II, when Smith & Wesson stopped producing war materials and resumed normal production. For the Model 36, they sought to design a revolver that could fire the more powerful (compared to the .38 Long Colt or the .38 S&W) .38 Special round in a small, concealable package. Since the older I-frame was not able to handle this load, a new frame was designed, which became the J-frame.
The new design was introduced at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) convention in 1950 and was favorably received. A vote was held to name the new revolver, and the name "Chiefs Special" won.[ A 3-inch (76 mm) barreled version design went into production immediately, due to high demand. It was available in either a blued or nickel-plated finish. It was produced as the "Chiefs Special" until 1957 when it then became the Model 36. The "Chiefs Special" continued to be manufactured as a separate variant.