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Smith & Wesson
Model: 36
Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:7-in Height:No Data
Barrel:1.875-in Weight:20.4-oz
Variant 2 of 6
Gun Rankings
  • IDPA Power Factor117746
  • Recoil Factor4.74 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity5 rounds
  • ConcealibilityGood
  • Defense Factor60%
Gun Specifications
Type:Revolver
Produced:2008 - 2012
Caliber:.38 Special
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:
Cylinder:5-round
Frame:nickel plated steel
Grip:Altamont wood
Sights:blade front, grooved rear
Notes:Chiefs Special style frame
Manufacturer
Smith & Wesson
More Info
Gun Value
MSRP:$769.00Used Est:$595.00
Last Update:11/19/2017
About the Gun

The Model 36 (38 Chiefs Special) was produced from 1950 to 1999. This was the first snub-nosed gun to re-appear after 1945, built on a small 'J'-frame with a barrel of 2 or 3 inches and a rounded butt. A square butt option was introduced in 1952. Blued or nickel finish and checkered walnut grips were standard. Smith & Wesson re-introduced this revolver as part of their 'Classics' series in 2008.

Cartridge Specifications
Caliber: .38 Special
Alias: .38 Smith & Wesson Special
MV: From 710 to 1250 ft/sec
ME: From 166 to 382 ft-lb
WT: From 110 to 158 grains
About the Cartridge

Developed by Smith & Wesson and introduced along with its Military & Police Model revolver in 1902, this was originally a military cartridge intended to replace the unsatisfactory .38 Long Colt then in use by the Army. Colt brought out its own version of the .38 Special in 1909, which differs from the original only in bullet shape, being a flat-point style. The .38 Special is considered one of the best-balanced, all-round handgun cartridges ever designed. It is also one of the most accurate and very widely used for match shooting.

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