Gun Revision Number 2 Updated on: July 18, 2012

Note: Values with green color has been updated in newer version

Title: Smith and Wesson Model 36


  • Type: Pistols
  • Make: Smith & Wesson
  • Model: 36
  • Production:
  • Caliber: .38 S&W Special +P
  • Capacity: 5
  • Barrel Length: 1.875
  • Total Length: 6.94
  • Designed By:
  • Make Year: 0

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The Chiefs Special, which later came to be known as the Smith & Wesson Model 36 was not the first production .38 Special snubby; that honor goes to the Colt Detective Special in 1927. The Chiefs Special was the first 5-shot J-frame .38 Special revolver produced by Smith & Wesson. I would be willing to suggest that it is the most influential compact revolver design of the 20th Century. The Colt Detective Special is gone but not forgotten, as is the S&W Model 10 Military & Police snubnose, but the diminutive J-frame snubnose remains one of the most popular personal defense handguns in the world. In its essential notes, it is copied by Ruger, Taurus and Charter Arms. Whether or not we would declare it the archetypal snubby would come down a matter of personal taste, but the Chiefs Special is certainly the leading contender for that designation.

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