A couple Smith and Wesson Classics

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  1. TexasVine

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    Lately I have had a interest in older revolvers. I recently came across these two J frames. The stainless revolver is the model 60 and the blued is the model 36. Other than material differences I believe they are the same revolver. Smith began manufacturing of the Model 36 in the 50's and the model 60 in the mid 60's. According to a little google search, the Model 60 is supposedly the first regular production gun to be manufactured in stainless.

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  2. pennlineman

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    You are correct, they are the same gun. One blued, one stainless. Both very nice BTW, congrats!
     

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    Definitely good ones to have. I'm not a J-frame fan so I only have a Model 38 and that's it.
     
  4. Bruce M

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    Always a nice pair. For a couple of decades a Model 36 or Model 60 was about the standard for concealed/plain clothes carry.
     
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    Very nice indeed

    Congrats!

    I love classic Smiths
     
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    You're wrong :)



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    If it ain't Colt D-frame, it ain't squat.:tongueout:
     
  8. Maine

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    Here's my pair. M36 from 76' and M60 from 79'.
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  9. deputy tom

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    J-frame is my middle name. Those two are very nice and yes they are classics.tom.:thumbsup:
     
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    Awesone pair! Love the grips.

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    I have the same pair of J frames. These are both new and unfired, and I am keeping them that way. I have others to shoot.

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    I have a S&W Model 36 Chief that my Grandpa bought new in 1962 and kept it in his safe. When he passed I got it with a few of his other guns.
    It's the gun that my wife felt most comfort with as a bedside/saferoom weapon so it's there for her.
    It is unfired and I pray it will always remain that way.
    I've always been fond of the Model 36 as it was the first gun I had ever seen! --> As a kid I saw my Grandpa open his safe one time and I was watching him, he showed the 36 to me! I'll remember that forever because he told me "Don't tell your Mom!"

    Thank you for sharing and the pics poosted in this thread. Nice little gun that is venerable for sure. I'm surprised I only have one.
     
  13. TexasVine

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    Where did you get the grips at?
    Thanks.
     
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    nice guns.

    The S&W Model 60 was their first stainless steel revolver. It really makes sense because the 36 was carried concealed in leather next to the body exposed to perspiration. When it first came out it was very hard to find in a time when few other than police could carry concealed.

    Later on the same J frame Smith brought out their model 63. The four inch barrel version of their model 63. It also made sense because the kit gun could be exposed the the elements. I bought one in the late 1970's before moving to Wyoming. I still have it.

    Back then it was common to take a 3" model 36 and have adjustable sights added and then hard chrome. I started the project with a 3" heavy barrel Smith but by the time to have it hard chromed Smith brought out their 3" model 60 with adjustable sights so I bought one, I still have the blue 36 3" heavy barrel revolver with adjustable sights. After many years as a safe queen I lent it to my sister in law to use.

    That S&W 60 3" that I have is always in my outdoor bag. I really use it as a kit gun. I may and generally do take other guns but the little kit gun always goes.
     
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    Very nice pair.

    Congrats! on 2 fine revolvers.
     
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    I understand you want to keep the gun nice but I would NEVER trust my life to gun that I had not fired extensively!
     
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    I know that is true. I'll replace it now while I'm home . I'll spend some time tonight with her handling others to decide.
    Thank you


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    I bought a Model 60 in the fall of 1968 and it was the first production stainless steel handgun. This weaon was used as an off duty and BUG until 1994 when I retired. It now has a place in the vault and I would never part with it. In the mid 80s it was sent to Smith for a tune up and new hand. Back then the hammer and trigger were stainless not like today.