2 years ago #1
Babs
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What is my Smith and Wesson .38 double action Snub Nose 950J10 worth? Inherited from my grandmother. My grandfather bought for her from Spivey's Sporting Goods in the 1950s or 1960s. He put pearl grips on it as her middle name was pearl.

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2 years ago #2
JP@AK
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Babs wrote:
My grandfather bought for her from Spivey's Sporting Goods in the 1950s or 1960s.

Unlikely. The J prefix serial numbers did not start until 1969 and the number you gave points to shipment in 1972.
Your revolver is probably a Model 36, Chiefs Special, but there are other possibilities. Please open the cylinder and look on the frame in the yoke cutout. The model number should be stamped there. Let us know what it says.
Value will be a function of the gun's condition, so we need to know more about it to be able to assign a likely value. However, the after-market stocks will reduce the value slightly. You are probably holding a revolver worth about $400 or a little bit less.
Photos would help.
Regards,
JP
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2 years ago #3
Babs
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I believe,though hard to see, it is 86669. The gun is in really good condition. The bluing is a little tarnished on the end of the barrel due to taking it in and out of the holster.

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2 years ago #4
JP@AK
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Hello Babs
Okay. This is a Chiefs Special and I can see the serial number on the bottom of the grip frame. It is as you said in your earlier post, and that number does point to shipment in 1972.
The number you are giving me from the yoke area is an assembly number which now means nothing. What I'm looking for is a stamp that says, MOD 36. Do you see that on the frame in the yoke cutout?
Your revolver appears to be in NRA Excellent condition, aside from the aftermarket stocks. The value is probably around $400-$450.
Regards,
JP

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