what do i have and its value


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julian11
October 13, 2010, 02:43 PM
I have a S&w six shot 4.25 inch barrel revolver. 32 caliber? On the barrel side is " ?? Long OTG ". On top of the barrel is "Smith and Wesson Springfield, Mass. U.S. Pat. " Serial number--"288460". Has what appears to be a small crosshatch black plastic or bakelite grip with the fancy S&W logo. Looks pretty old. Any idea of its current value?

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JoeMal
October 13, 2010, 02:43 PM
Might wanna check/post here....

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=372213

Jim K
October 15, 2010, 02:02 PM
The gun is a .32 Hand Ejector, Third Model. Some 271,000 of them were made from 1917 to 1942, serial numbers 263001-534532, the last figure being the total production for the .32 HE line up to WWII. That gun was probably made shortly after WWI.

The grips are gutta percha, or "hard rubber" a substance that grows brittle over time, so be careful if you try to remove those grips. Value cannot be assessed without good pictures, but there were a lot of those guns made and in average condition they go for around $250-300, less if rusted or badly worn or reblued.

Jim

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