Old Savage 32 auto


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Streamer 71
February 2, 2008, 01:52 PM
Can anyone date this auto and is it safe to shoot with modern ammo. Ser#1142xx

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rcmodel
February 2, 2008, 02:05 PM
Near as I can tell from your picture, it appears to be a Model 1907 Savage.
They were made from 1908 to 1932, in two more models (1915 & 1917) & dozens of variations of each model.

It is probably safe to shoot if it is in good condition.

However, if it breaks, it will likely have to stay broke, as finding correct parts would be a hit & miss affair due to the tremendous number of changes made during production.

It is probably worth $200 - $300 to a collector of such things.

Might be better off to sell it and get something you can still find parts for.

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Streamer 71
February 2, 2008, 02:17 PM
Thankyou for the reply

Old Fuff
February 2, 2008, 03:20 PM
They are generally safe to shoot with standard ball ammunition, but don't try to remove the grips (very fragile and they'll break) and don't carry it with the chamber loaded. The manual safety isn't the greatest, and if you lower the hammer on a primer you can set it off.

Rcmodel is on target when it comes to repair parts and magazines. As for magazines, don't buy aftermarket replacements.

They do have an interesting history. Go Goggle and see.

gunfish
February 3, 2008, 12:09 AM
I use Winchester 32acp in mine. Serial numbers for 1907 model went to 220000 range. I would guess 1920s for yours. Parts can be found if you know what engineering changes pertain to your gun. http://members.aol.com/Savage/1907/ is a good site. Parts are obtainable from the owner of the site. They are usually accurate pistols. I would go with something more modern for carry. Here is a pic of the 32acp models. The 1907 is at top, 1915 hammerless at middle, 1917 at bottom. Savage also made .380 caliber versions.
http://img27.photobucket.com/albums/v82/gunfish/savagegroup32.jpg

patentmike
February 3, 2008, 08:44 AM
Your pistol was made in 1914.
Congratulations, if it has the correct magazine (10 rounds), you have an original "high-cap".

http://www.savage99.com/savage32_dates.htm

bannockburn
February 3, 2008, 06:11 PM
Streamer 71

Very nice Savage; really well designed (Elbert H. Searle did the design work and entered into an agreement for Savage to produce the pistol), and very well built. The Model 1907 used a rotating barrel design, had the recoil spring located around the barrel, and used a double column magazine. Take care with Condition One carry, as the design does allow for the firing pin to be in close contact with the primer of a chambered round. Aside from the manual safety, there are no other attendant safety notches with the cocking lever or the striker assembly. Think of it as being a hammerless-striker fired design, and use it accordingly.

silent one
February 3, 2008, 06:32 PM
I have a Savage 1907, and occasionally shoot it at the indoor range. It shoots very well, using Sellier & Bellot ammo. It's a very accurate firearm out to 50'. After that, it looses it's accuracy somewhat. For a 100 year old pistol, I'd say that was pretty danged good.;) Never had a problem with feeding, or extracting rounds either. Overall, I'd say it is a very well built pistol.

"Semper Fi"

SILENT ONE

Streamer 71
February 3, 2008, 06:46 PM
Thanks again for the replys, My step father is getting some wild bug about him wanting to find out about his guns as far as age and value goes. I do carry modern 340M&P and Para Tac-s. But these are neat old guns he has and I shot his Colt Police Positive today, What a nice little gun. I told him these guns have been in his family to long to sell now. He doesn't need the cash but if he wants to sell I'll take him to the gun show and let him get his best price on them and then give him $25.00 more and tell him to get in the car he's going back to the house. Oh yes the savage does have its Hi-Cap mag but I unloaded it yesterday after God knows how long. Robert

silent one
February 3, 2008, 07:07 PM
Streamer 71

You also mentioned a Colt Police positive. I also own one of them, and you're correct when you say, it's a nice firearm. Mine is a factory nickle plated .38, and it shoots as well as any revolver I own. I never could understand why they don't have much collector value.? Some old firearms take off like a rocket, as far as collector value is concerned, and others just don't catch on. Maybe someday, when most of the other old Colts dry up, then the Police Positive will gain in value. If it were me, I would hold on to what you have, and just enjoy them. "good luck";)

"Semper Fi"

SILENT ONE

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