Smith And Wesson Model 37 Serial Number Lookup

Smith And Wesson Model 37 Serial Number Lookup
Smith & Wesson Model 36
Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver, which was issued to women in the New South Wales Police Force
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service1950–present
Used bySee Users
Production history
ManufacturerSmith & Wesson
Unit cost$110.00 (blued) (1976)
$121.00 (nickel) (1976)
Mass19.5 oz.
Barrel length2' or 3'
Caliber.38 Special
ActionDouble Action/Single Action
Effective firing range25 yards (23 m)
Maximum firing range50 yards (46 m)
Feed system5-round cylinder
SightsFixed rear, front blade (Model 36); adjustable rear, fixed front (Model 50)

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The Smith & Wesson Model 36 (also known as the Chief's Special) is a revolver chambered for .38 Special. It is one of several models of J-frame revolvers. It was introduced in 1950, and is still in production in the classic blued Model 36 and the stainless steel Model 60.


The Model 36 was designed in the era just after World War II, when Smith & Wesson stopped producing war materials and resumed normal production. For the Model 36, they sought to design a revolver that could fire the more powerful (compared to the .38 Long Colt or the .38 S&W) .38 Special round in a small, concealable package. Since the older I-frame was not able to handle this load, a new frame was designed, which became the J-frame.

The new design was introduced at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) convention in 1950, and was favorably received. A vote was held to name the new revolver, and the name 'Chiefs Special' won.[1][2] A 3-inch (76 mm) barreled version design went into production immediately, due to high demand. It was available in either a blued or nickel-plated finish.[3] It was produced as the 'Chiefs Special' until 1957, when it then became the Model 36. The 'Chiefs Special' continued to be manufactured as a separate variant.

In 1951, Smith & Wesson introduced the Airweight Model 37, which was basically the Model 36 design with an aluminum frame and cylinder. The aluminum cylinders proved to be problematic and were abandoned in favor of a steel cylinder.[3]

A page of the 1976 S&W catalog, detailing the Models 36, 37, 38, 48 and 49.

In 1989, Smith & Wesson introduced the LadySmith variant of the Model 36. This was available with 2 in (51 mm) or 3 in (76 mm) barrel and blued finish. This model also featured special grips designed specifically for women, and had 'LADYSMITH' engraved on the frame.[4]

Approximately 615 Model 36-6 Target variations were produced. This variant had a 3-inch full lug barrel with adjustable sights and a blued glass finish.

In 2002, Smith & Wesson reintroduced the Model 36 with gold features (hammer, thumbpiece, extractor, and trigger), calling it the 'Model 36 Gold'. The gold color was actually titanium nitride.

In 2005, Smith & Wesson produced the 'Texas Hold 'Em' variant. This was produced with a blued finish, imitation ivory grips, and 24k gold plate engraving.

Many Model 37 variants with a lanyard ring attached were made for Japan. Part of this contract was cancelled, resulting in many of these being sold to a wholesaler, who then re-sold them for civilian use. These entered the civilian market in 2001. In 2006, the Model 37 was dropped from Smith & Wesson's catalog.

Serial number 337 was shipped to J. Edgar Hoover and is engraved with his name.

In 1958, Spanish manufacturer Astra developed a high quality revolver line based on this weapon, under the name of Astra Cadix, Astra 250 and Astra NC6.


Design and features[edit]

Model 36-10 with nickel finish and Smith & Wesson ergonomic rosewood grips

Designed to be small and compact, the Model 36 has been produced with 2-inch (1.875 inch actual length) or 3-inch barrels with fixed sights. A version with an adjustable rear sight, the Model 50 Chief's Special Target, was also produced in limited numbers with both 2-inch and 3-inch barrels.

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Like nearly all other 'J-frame' Smith & Wesson revolvers, it has a 5-round capacity in a swing-out cylinder, and features an exposed hammer. It features a nickel-plated or blued finish and either wood or rubber grips.


  • Japan: Shipped 5,344 Model 37s in 2003[5]and additional 5,519 in 2005 for the National Police Agency.[6]
  • Malaysia: From 1970 to 2000, the Model 36 is standard sidearm for plainclothed detective in Royal Malaysian PoliceSpecial Branch or Criminal Investigation Division before Glock 17 adoption. It also used by RELA Corps Medium/Lower Rank Officer (permanent or volunteer) as training or self-defence weapon before the adoption of the Glock 19/26 and HK USP 9mm and is still used until today.
  • Malta: It was standard issue for the Mobile Squad in the Malta Police Force until the arrival of the Glock 17 in 2007. They have since then been withdrawn from active carry, but they are still all being kept in the General Police Headquarters in Floriana.
  • Norway: Although never a standard service gun in Norway, it is kept in the Norwegian Police Service inventory as a pure self-defensive option, for off-duty officers who meet certain criteria.
  • South Korea: In 1974, it was used in the failed attempt to assassinate South Korean president Park Chung-hee, killing his wife Yuk Young-soo instead. Five years later, M36 Chief Special was, once again, used to assassinate Park.
  • United States: For many years, the Model 36 was the standard police detective and 'plainclothes man' carry weapon for many police agencies including the NYPD. Many police officers still use it or one of its newer Smith & Wesson descendants as a 'back up' weapon to their primary duty pistol or as their 'off-duty' weapon. For several years in the mid-1970s, the Model 36 was issued to and carried as a duty weapon by administrative and command staff of the NC State Highway Patrol, but it was later replaced when all troopers were required to carry the then duty issue weapon, the S&W Model 66 .357, which was in turn later replaced with the last Smith revolver, the Model 686, before the agency switched to semi-automatics in the early 1990s.


  1. ^Ayoob, Massad. Greatest Handguns of the World (Krause Publications, Inc., 2010) p. 208
  2. ^Jinks, Roy G. History of Smith & Wesson (Beinfeld Publishing,1977), p. 225.
  3. ^ abArmed for Personal Defense by Jerry Ahern
  4. ^'Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson' By Jim Supica, Richard Nahas
  5. ^'Department of State Letter on May 18, 2003'(PDF). US Department of State. Archived from the original(PDF) on October 16, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  6. ^'US Department of State Letter on September 6, 2005'(PDF). US Department of State. Archived from the original(PDF) on October 16, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-09.

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LSB#: 170130JH03

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: ‘The .38 Military & Police’, Pre-Model 10, Square-Butt K-Frame.

Serial Number: C 153055

Year of Manufacture: The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson puts “C” prefix serial numbers from 1948 to 1951 from C1 to C223998, putting the DOM around 1950, the 2nd year of production.

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: 6-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Hand Ejector Revolver.

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “38 S.&W. SPECIAL CTG.”, the right side plate has the S&W monogram logo, the right side of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas. The yoke is marked “69265”, seen again on the cut below “3 / 0”. The underside of the barrel, rear of the cylinder, rear face of the yoke, underside of the ejector star, butt of the grip frame, inside of the right grip panel and factory box reflect the same serial number of C 153055. The right of the grip frame is marked “I / W”.

Barrel Length: 4”, Pinned with un-shrouded ejector rod.

S&w model 37 2 airweight

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded half-moon blade, integral to a base that is forged with the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch, sitting before a “U” channel on the top strap of the frame.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are beautiful checkered walnut with nickel plated S&W medallions. They have near perfect fit to the grip frame, outside of a few tiny, extremely scarce small marks, there are no damages that attract attention. The grips rate in about Excellent Plus condition.

Type of Finish: Blued, with case colored smooth trigger and checkered hammer.

Finish Originality: Factory Original

S&w Model 37 2 Airweight

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion; there is little to no evidence of use outside of factory testing.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a thin drag line, there are no other major damages or marks. The pistol does not look to have seen much use. The fit and finish is like clock work, rivaling any other mass produced firearm maker’s best product. There are a few tiny spots of light surface etching on the right side plate, covered by the upper grip panel extension; the other surfaces only have a few tiny scuffs from storage. The screw head slots are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent Plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces nominal side to side play with no back play in full lockup of all 6 chambers. The double action trigger pull is smooth, single action is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

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Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The revolver’s original factory cardboard box is included, the tray has the serial number in wax pen, the inside of the lid has dates of “OCT 10 1956 / APR 23 1951 / SEP 3 1957”, these may have been inventory stamps from whatever retailer had it in stock. The inside of the box has some roughing, the exterior is faded in color, some surface losses are seen, but for its age, the box is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition. A sheet of old brown paper is included, it did a good job preserving the metal, the paper is in Very Good condition.

S&w Model 37 For Sale

Our Assessment: From “The Smith & Wesson Model 10, previously known as the Smith & Wesson .38 Hand Ejector Model of 1899, the Smith & Wesson Military & Police or the Smith & Wesson Victory Model, is a revolver of worldwide popularity. It was the successor to the Smith & Wesson .32 Hand Ejector Model of 1896 and was the first Smith & Wesson revolver to feature a cylinder release latch on the left side of the frame like the Colt M1889. In production since 1899, it is a six-shot double-action revolver with fixed sights. Over its long production run it has been available with barrel lengths of 2 in (51 mm), 3 in (76 mm), 4 in (100 mm), 5 in (130 mm), and 6 in (150 mm). Barrels of 2.5 inches (64 mm) are also known to have been made for special contracts.[1] Some 6,000,000 of the type have been produced over the years, making it the most popular centerfire revolver of the 20th century.[2]” This 4″ PRE-model 10 is in near mint condition. It has beautiful finishing and having written up a WWII Victory pistol, one can fully understand Smith & Wesson’s commercial vs. military finishes looked like. In its high condition, all parts matching, superb build and 2nd year of production bragging rights, collectors are going to scramble to catch this beauty. Please see our pictures and good luck.

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