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American Arms Co 32 S&W LONG 6 Shot Revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gspaay, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. gspaay

    gspaay New Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    I am hoping that you can help me. I have a very old revolver that I need identified. . I am attaching some pictures for you to look at. Maybe you can figure this out. It is an American Arms CO Boston, MA U.S. top latch, 6shot, 32 S&W long, nickel plated, grips are rubber. There is no record of this gun being produced except for a law suit filed by S&W because of patent infringement involving the star auto ejection system. This gun as far as I can tell from my research so far, was made about 1867. It was introduced after the 32 short Top Latch 5 shot with the manual ring for unloading. I hope this info helps. I look forward to hearing from you.

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  2. Radagast

    Radagast Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    The .32 S&W cartridge was introduced in 1878 along with their first top break revolvers. The .32 S&W long cartridge was introduced in 1896 with their first swing out cylinder Hand Ejector revolvers. The .32 S&W long is a stretched version of the .32 S&W cartridge.

    Fleyderman's guide to Antique American Firearms lists two American Arm's Co. top break revolvers, neither of which match yours exactly. The grips are a match on the first variant which was available in spur trigger single action (illustrated in the book) and in a double action variant as well. The cylinder however does not match.

    Sorry I can't help you more.
  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Zhuk says American Arms moved from Boston to Milwaukee in 1892, and lasted only until 1902. He illustrates only an odd concealed hammer selective DA-SA gun under the brand.

    To make a revolver for .32 S&W Long, introduced in 1896, they must have been using existing parts or an existing roll die with Boston address, probably the latter.

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