what is a s&w 38 special chrome plated long nose worth?
What's the model number and condition of the firearm?
I have one also.
It is a 1970's model (we think) with a s/n of J960xx. It has had very little use but also, very little care and attention. Seems to me to be locked solid with little to no hammer movement and very minimal cylinder movement in this position. The cylinder gaping without feeler gauges seem to be near spot on.
What do you think this may be worth and can you recommend a re-plater in Dallas or nearby that does a lot of re-chroming.
Ian Mesquite TX
Sounds like dis-assembly is required to troubleshoot the problem and take corrective actions. If you are not handy this way take it to your local Gunsmith. Since you didn't tell me the model number I have no idea what it is valued at in working order. If you supply the model number I can look it up but it would only be worth about 25-35% of the working value for parts.
Well, It is a .38 cal Chief's Special with a 5 shot cylinder It had wooden grips on a J-frame It is chrome plated but for the hammer and the cylinder rod.
I am ex-military albeit some 40 years back but dis and re assembly are not foreign to me even now.
Thanks so far
The S&W Model 36 "Chief's Special" is valued at;
Exc. Cond: $375.00 USD
V.G. Cond: $275.00 USD
Good Cond: $200.00 USD
Inoperable or Poor Cond: $100.00 tops for parts....
Hope this helps some,