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Smith and Wesson model 32-20 ctg Revolver ID please

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by russellrides, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. russellrides

    russellrides New Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    I have a smith and wesson model 32-20 ctg revolver that i got from my grandfather. I am trying to find out some info on it. It has a 4 3/4" barrel and has the patent numbers of oct 3. 01 dec 17. 01 feb 6. 05 sept 14. 09 dec 29. 14.
    The serial number is 112542 I could be off on the patent numbers, they are a little hard to read. I tried to enclose a photo, but i am not sure how. Thanks, Roger
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2007
  2. CMcDermott

    CMcDermott Member

    Feb 15, 2003
    Broomfield CO, USA
    These are standard K-frame revolvers, just a caliber change from the M&P 38 Specials. Your serial number indicates that it is a Model 1905 4th change and it was made after S&W started heat-treating cylinders and probably shipped in the mid-1920's. Most were blued and had fixed sights, nickel plating and target sights were also available on these revolvers but aren't often found.
  3. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Welcome to The High Road... :)

    I presume the number 112,542 is stamped on the gun's butt. If this isn't the case all bets are off.

    You have a Smith & Wesson .32-20 Hand Ejector, Model of 1905, 4th Chg. It was manufactured between 1915 and 1940, within a serial number range running from 65,701 to 144,684 with some 78,893 total made. You have a relatively late serial number suggesting that the revolver was made during the middle 1920's. The .32-20 cartridge was introduced by Winchester for use in their models 1873 and 1892 lever action rifles and carbines.

    Standard barrel lengths were 4, 5, and 6 inches. Measure your barrel from the cylinder face to the muzzle end and I think you'll find the length is 5 inches.

    Since this is a gun that's been handed down through the family you may want additional information. For a $30.00 fee you can order an historical letter from S&W. Their in-house historian, Roy G. Jinks, will research the original records until he finds your gun, and then send you whatever detalis they have recorded. This usually includes the background history, the revolver's original caliber, barrel length, finish, and to what distributor or dealer it was shipped to along with the date. Additional details are available at: www.smith-wesson.com

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