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32 s&w ctg

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

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  1. Bill H

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    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
     
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    Open cylinder....look under crane - what's it say there?
     
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    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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