32 s&w ctg


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Bill H
April 11, 2009, 11:23 AM
Need help identifying the above. It is nickle plated with a 3 1/2 barrel. 32 S&W ctg is on the left side of the barrel. Number 143304 is stamped on the butt. Thanks

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TexasRedneck
April 11, 2009, 11:29 AM
Open cylinder....look under crane - what's it say there?

Radagast
April 11, 2009, 11:49 AM
I am assuming it is a top break revolver. The following information was taken from the Standard Catalog of S&W:

If it has an external hammer, five shot cylinder and black hard rubber grips with a S&W monogram, then it is a .32 Double Action 4th Model, manufactured between 1883 & 1909 in the serial number range 43406 to 282999.

If it has an internal hammer and an external grip safety, five shot cylinder and black hard rubber grips with a S&W monogram then it is a .32 Safety Hammerless 2nd Model (also known as the New Departure or Lemon Squeezer) manufactured between 1902 & 1909 in the serial number range 891418 to 170000.

.32 S&W (also known as .32 S&W Short) is still available in smokeless powder loads. Most of the .32 double Actions would have been made for black powder loads. Expect a reduced life if you shoot it with modern ammunition. 3.5 inch barrels were common as was nickle plating.

In 2006 a very good condition .32 Double action 4th model was worth $200 & a .32 Safety Hammerless in very good condition was worth $170.

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