How much is a S&W Model 1 1/2 (lemonsqueezer) worth?


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DustyVermonter
June 30, 2010, 01:11 AM
Does anybody have any idea how much a smith and wesson model 1 1/2 is worth aproximately? I am actually not even positive that its a model 1 1/2, but I do know its between a Model 1 and 2. It is a hammerless breaktop action .32s&w revolver that I've heard be referred to as a lemonsqueezer. It has considerable cosmetic wear, as the nickle is faded away in some places and one side of the grip is cracked, but it shoots and functions beautifully. Its actually very,very accurate. It also has a handgrip safety and automaticaly ejects spent cartridges when you work the breaktop action to reload. It isn't the prettiest looking thing but it functions so well I would carry it as a CCW if it wasn't such a small caliber. Also, I've heard it be referred to as a saloon gun and The gamblers gun or gambling mans gun or the something like that. I just want a rough estimate of what it is worth.

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ArchAngelCD
June 30, 2010, 02:44 AM
If your gun is a .32 S&W Single Action it's probably a 1 1/2. If the grips have plain checkering and no S&W logo the Serial # should be between 1-15000, plain checkering with block logo 15000-29000, checkering with fancy logo 29000-97500.

The SCSW 3rd Edition lists the price for the Model 1 1/2 as so:
New $1200
Exc+ $600
Exc $400
Fine $285
VG $250
Good $185
Fair $135
Poor $75

Jim Watson
June 30, 2010, 09:27 AM
I have not seen the term 1 1/2 used for the New Departure "Safety Hammerless" revolver. I don't think anybody is going to guess a dollar value without good pictures, but yours sounds kind of rough. These little guns are not uncommon, either.

Old Fuff
June 30, 2010, 10:06 AM
Smith & Wesson made their little .32 Safety Hammerless/New Departure revolver from the late 1880's to 1937, and some remained in the pipeline as late as 1941. Given the information you've offered we can't tell you much. To get started, look at the bottom of the butt and see if a serial number isn't stamped there. Also there may be patent dates stamped on top of the barrel rib, or even on the side of the barrel. If so, what are the last two or three? What is the barrel length, measured from the front of the cylinder to the end of the muzzle? I would expect 2, 3 or 3 1/2 inches.

Last but not least, before you go shooting it with modern smokeless powder ammunition it just might be a good idea to find out just how old it is...

XxWINxX94
June 30, 2010, 10:53 AM
If you can provide pictures, The guys over at this thread: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=372213
can probably help you out.

~A picture is worth a thousand words~

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