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

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by DustyVermonter, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. DustyVermonter

    DustyVermonter Member

    May 15, 2010
    Private Property
    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.
  2. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Elder

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    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
  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    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.
  4. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    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...
  5. XxWINxX94

    XxWINxX94 Active Member

    Jul 3, 2009
    C(r)ook County, Illinois

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