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32 s&w ctg

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Bill H, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Bill H

    Bill H New Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    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
  2. TexasRedneck

    TexasRedneck Member

    Oct 14, 2008
    New Braunfels, TX
    Open cylinder....look under crane - what's it say there?
  3. Radagast
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    Radagast Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    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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