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Thread: I said I would never NEED another gun but,

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    Default I said I would never NEED another gun but,

    I needed some exercise so I went to one of our LGS's with an archery range in the basement. After shooting, I walked upstairs to the retail area just to say hi. In the corner of a display case sat this flat latch Mod.36 square butt with 3" barrel. Having recently sold a number of S&W snubbies in favor of my Kimber K6s, this was the last thing I thought I would even look at let alone buy. I walked away, pondered, and then quickly went to to my car to retrieve some cash from my "secret" stash in the glove compartment. I justified my purchase with the knowledge I could quickly sell this to a co-worker or customer.
    To my surprise, as I am completing my 4473 the saleslady brought out the factory box complete with cleaning rod and brush. Not bad for $400+tax. From the serial number it looks to be made 1961-1962.

    The gun is in great condition with just a bit of bluing missing from the end of the barrel and top of front sight, no rust or scratches anywhere, cylinder and barrel look like new. Timing, all gaps, and no endshake. This gun was cared for but seldom shot. DA trigger was very smooth but very heavy. I carefully removed the sideplate and removed years of congealed oil. All back together (yes, I have the proper screwdrivers) and she runs like a champ. I will hit the range sometime this week.

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    A nice find......been getting in to "wheel" guns again recently. Looks to be in pretty good shape. It's why I've been trying to stay out of the firearm stores lately.

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    Oh my, that is a beauty! I would have probably sprained my elbow trying to get my money out fast enough...especially at that price.
    Congrats on a great acquisition! I really, really like the J frame (in particular, the non magnum frame) in 3".
    Regards,
    Greg

    BTW, nice photos
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    That's a beauty, you done good!
    http://bawanna45.wix.com/bawannas-grip-emporium#!
    In Memory of Paul "Dietrich" Stines.
    Dad: Say something nice to your cousin Shirley
    Dietrich: For a fat girl you sure don't sweat much.
    Cue sound of Head slap.

    RIP Muggsy & TMan

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    Outstanding!
    A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition
    -Rudyard Kipling

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    That's a beauty.
    I'm not even a revolver guy, but surely couldn't have passed that up.
    Have fun with her.

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    Gorgeous, perfectly proportioned!

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    First five shots. Trying to line up skinny front sight in the gutter can be a challenge. DA trigger really needs springs.
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    I could live with that pretty easy, that's minute of pie plate and that's plenty good enough for me.

    I just got a 36 from my mom, haven't looked it over too close but will this morning. I know its been in her safe for at least 20 years and the safe hasn't been open I figure since 2007. Going through stuff I don't see anything dated after that. I don't think she could open it.
    http://bawanna45.wix.com/bawannas-grip-emporium#!
    In Memory of Paul "Dietrich" Stines.
    Dad: Say something nice to your cousin Shirley
    Dietrich: For a fat girl you sure don't sweat much.
    Cue sound of Head slap.

    RIP Muggsy & TMan

    "If you are a warrior legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that JOCKO will not come today."

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    Me jealous.
    Congrats.

    FYI, last year for flat latches was 1964, last year for diamond in center of grips was 1967. It helps ball park the age of older J frames.
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