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what is it?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by socaldan, May 7, 2008.

  1. socaldan

    socaldan Well-Known Member

    All I got so far it says Smith & Wesson on the top rib of the barrel (4.875") I think its .32 s&w cal. And the ser# 136 under the grips.
    Can anybody help with model, year or quantity made?
    Value would also help.
  2. Idano

    Idano Well-Known Member

    Looks like a S&W .32 Double Action, 2nd Model. They were manufactured throughout the late 19th century and into the early part of the 20th
    Last edited: May 8, 2008
  3. Jim March

    Jim March Well-Known Member

    Um. If there's one thing it's not, it's a 19 :).

    Sorry, but...it's a top-break, possibly late 19th century, maybe early 20th. I'm not a collector so I can't nail it down past that. But trust me, by WW2 S&W had ended all production of top-breaks.
  4. ARTiger

    ARTiger Well-Known Member

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  5. azwizard

    azwizard Well-Known Member

    Looks to me like a smaller version of the Schofield? or a Number 3 Break top revolver. Is that also a lanyard ring on the bottom of the butt? Seems like they were made around the turn of the century, this one being 32 s&w? could have been an export to Spain/Argentina?
  6. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    Caliber might be .32 S&W but I don't think it is a S&W gun . Just one of the many early top break revolvers . What are the initials on the grips ?
  7. calaverasslim

    calaverasslim Well-Known Member

    It is a "Nice Conversation Piece" and a "Super Paper Weight". :)
  8. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    The grip logo has an AHC in it and it looks like it matches the logo on the side plate.
  9. socaldan

    socaldan Well-Known Member

    Sorry on the typpo...It is a .38 s&w cal. That IS a lanyard. The grip logo and frame stamp looks like it DOE'S say AHC .
    I found MANY old revolvers that once belonged to my great,great uncle. My father had them wrapped in old rags in the attic. This (and a simmaler looking H&R were the best. Asside from a "LARGE" flair gun,) and my Grandfathers w.w.I helmet.
  10. Phil DeGraves

    Phil DeGraves Well-Known Member

    Probably one of the plethora of cottage companies that S&W sued out of existence for patent infringement in the 19th century or a Spanish copy. Most were of exceptionally poor quality.

    How could anyone possibly mistake that for a Model 19?
  11. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    The first thing I thought of when I saw it was: this really looks to be some sort of European copy of a S&W top-break. I've seen any number of Belgian and Spanish copies of this type of pistol over the years. Except as a wall hanger, or family keepsake, these guns have little if any intrinsic value.
  12. socaldan

    socaldan Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys...I still have a "FAMILY" collectable, If nothing else.
    Now mabey i'll try to shoot it... Anybody know of a good plastic surgeon in the L.A. area? (they're not hard to find here... are they?)
  13. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    It it is a copy of the S&W .38 Double Action.
    I think it is of Spanish make and is probably of lower quality than the Belgian knockoffs.

    I would not shoot it, you could go from a family novelty to a loose collection of parts.

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