Smith and Wesson
.38 Chief Special
The .38 Chief Special, or Model 36 as it is known today, was introduced in 1950 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The name for the new revolver "Chief Special" was selected by vote from al of the Chiefs of Police from all over the world. This new revolver was the beginning of S&W's famous "J" frame.
The revolvers sent to the Boston Police Department were supplied with checkered walnut grips, but often an officer would have the armorer change out the grip to one they preferred.
May 12, 1977
Jun 17, 1979
notice no turn ring on cylinder