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Posted: 6/24/2015 10:36:07 PM EDT
I've been thinking about selling my S&W Model 36 no-dash (1979) - NEVER FIRED snub nose revolver so I can buy another AR rifle or maybe two. Can't decide for sure if I wanna do it or not, I have it up for sale currently for a "I dont wanna sell it price" lol. What do you guys think? let it go or no?

Link Posted: 6/25/2015 12:35:15 AM EDT
From what I've seen NIB J frames are not commanding the prices of the similar vintage K and N frames.

I wouldn't expect getting rich in selling it.
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 12:35:34 AM EDT
F no that's a sweet little pistol you got there. Ar's are easy to build over time and it won't kill your wallet that way.
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 12:43:52 AM EDT
If you sell it, you will probably regret it a year later.  That is my experience.
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 2:18:35 AM EDT
Heck no, I love AR's and these ARE the salad days but I think selling that NIB beauty would be a mistake.

Save some money by cutting out the fluff where you can and buy the AR's you want.
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 3:42:10 AM EDT
Sell it. To me.  Cheap. If that's not an option, keep it! It's cooler and has more character than any stinkin AR. If you keep it you should shoot it and carry it. Life's too short for safe queens.
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 4:11:14 AM EDT
Keep it, or save it for family that will keep it.
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 6:02:59 AM EDT
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Thats a beauty you wanna hang on to!
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 6:49:01 AM EDT
It's just a gun, worth 'X' number of dollars.  If you don't shoot it, ask yourself how many dollars it will be worth in the future.  If the answer is, "A lot more than it's worth today," then keep it.  Otherwise, if you rather sell it, sell it.
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 8:18:10 AM EDT
If it were my gun I wouldn't sell it!
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 8:56:04 AM EDT
You'll hate yourself if you sell it.  

Maybe not today, tomorrow or next year, but the time will come when you'll realize what a mistake you made.
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 9:26:02 AM EDT
I would only sell it if I also had a nice stable of J frames in my collection.  I'm ok with eliminating duplicates.  Still the number one rule is don't sell a gun unless it is unreliable or unreasonably inaccurate.
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 9:27:34 AM EDT
I'd probably sell it if you aren't intending to shoot it. Guns are meant to be used. Let someone else be a collector and get something that you will fire and enjoy.
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 9:29:56 AM EDT

Edit: I'd keep it.

Link Posted: 6/25/2015 9:46:00 AM EDT
don't sell it
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 9:52:06 AM EDT
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From what I've seen NIB J frames are not commanding the prices of the similar vintage K and N frames.

I wouldn't expect getting rich in selling it.
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Agreed and I sold a nearly identical gun a little while ago. Don't regret it.

ETA: I think, after some time I ended up getting $550-600 for it. It was a LNIB (unfired, w/papers) 36 no dash, SB, nickel (which appears to be what you have as well)
Link Posted: 6/25/2015 10:56:46 AM EDT
It's a nice pistol in a somewhat scarce variation.  A really dedicated Smith collector might have some interest, but likely not enough for a big premium. If it's just gathering dust, move it and buy something else.  You could probably pick up another reasonably priced AR.  Two is out of the question.
Link Posted: 6/26/2015 12:25:15 AM EDT
I would not sell that gun.
Link Posted: 6/26/2015 9:04:09 AM EDT
It would be a keeper for sure for me - but you aren't me so it's up to you!
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 1:00:15 PM EDT
I wouldn't, I sold some Smith wheel guns maybe 10-15yrs ago and regret every minute of it.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 1:46:14 PM EDT
From my own experiences if you are questioning selling it enough to put this much thought into the decision, you will regret selling it.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 3:47:26 PM EDT
S&W prelocks are getting harder and harder to find. An AR15 can be had inexpensively right now. I'd hang on to the revolver.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 5:41:41 PM EDT
It looks like I'm in the minority here, but I'd say to sell it.  My mindset is "why keep something you don't use?"  There's a certain balance to it, because there are times where you need to have preps "just in case" and "I almost never use this, but it's handy when I need it" categories.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 6:45:26 PM EDT
Post the serial number.  Leave the last couple digits as "XX" if it makes you feel better.

The reason is that you're claiming it's an as new in box 1979 Model 36 no dash, when you're showing it with a box that S&W didn't start using until 1983.

A 1970 should have the two piece  "Bangor Punta" marked box used from 1966 to 1985.  Blued revolvers in the era came in blue boxes while nickel plated revolvers from this era would have come in a gray Bangor Punta box. These were the same boxes used from 1957-1966, just marked "Bangor Punta" or "A Bangor Punta Company" printed between the Smith and Wesson and the Springfield Mass address.  In the last couple years of use you may find them marked "Lear Siegler Corp".

S&W didn't start using the one piece boxes with tuck in wings shown in your picture until 1983, over lapping the two piece boxes for a couple years.  If it were a 1983-1985 revolver in a Bangor Punta box it would be understandable as S&W used up existing boxes, but it doesn't work the other way around for a revolver made prior to 1983.


In any event, even with an original matching serial number box, it's probably not worth more than $600 or so unless you find someone who really wants to fill a hole in a collection.

Link Posted: 6/28/2015 6:59:45 PM EDT
It has value as long as you don't shoot it. But, sell if the price is right.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 7:49:20 PM EDT
I wouldn't sell it.  But I like revolvers......  it might not be the case for you.    It's hard to advise without knowing your interests and maybe your collection.  I will say this, IF you have never made a habit of shooting a revolver double action, there is just something very very fun about it.  And you might be surprised at how well one of those might shoot.  You might already know all that though...
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 8:24:14 PM EDT
I'd keep it. You will likely never have a chance to own it again.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 11:42:10 AM EDT
If you NEED a small carry revolver, then keep it.

If you have everything you need for carry, then since it is unfired I would sell it.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 10:54:50 AM EDT
Majority of the vote wins...I will keep it!
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 11:21:51 AM EDT
Not ever going to shoot it?  Sell it.  

Personally, I love my revolvers just as much as the AR's and I'd be blasting away with that little beauty.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 1:38:03 PM EDT

Take an few extra weeks and save your sheckels or get a little OT at work if you can. Of the hundreds of guns I've owned over the years the number that I don't regret letting go I can count on one hand and have a couple fingers left over. All the others I kick myself in the ass still today.
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