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Am I the ONLY one on the Forum thats in love with the .32 S&W Long?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gunfan, Oct 8, 2005.

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  1. gunfan

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    I have a deep and abiding love for this old round. It is in excellent "plinker," target round, (duh!) and not too shaby for quick multiple shots on an adversarial target. In it's most powerful configuration, it can crank out about 150 fpe with excellent accuracy (better than the factory .32 ACP loadings.)

    The .32 S&W Long (.32 Colt New Police) is a great cartridge. Why it isn't more popular is beyond me. Any thoughts? :confused:

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  2. Tokugawa

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    apparently.
     
  3. Cortland

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    I like it just because it's so cheap to reload. I can buy swaged Hornady 32 LSWCs for next to nothing and of course they use next to no powder. I really want to get a 32 mag Ruger SP-101. I can't really comment on their utility beyond punching paper.
     
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    I've shot some .32 S&W Long through my 432PD and really enjoyed it. I think shooting .32 S&W Long in a S&W 4" J-frame with adjustable sights would be a blast.


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  5. Old Fuff

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    gunfan:

    No, you are a long way from being the only one, because of the reasons you stated. So far as guns go, the problem is that it's hard to find any new revolvers with anything but 2" barrels. As for myself, I go in for the older Smith & Wesson's and Colt's. Fortunately most of today's shooters look down their noses at the lowly .32, so prices for outstanding revolvers are often very inexpensive. They say ignorence is bliss, and I hope that the present situation continues.

    Never give the others an even break ... :evil: :D
     
  6. MDG1976

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    My mom has a J frame in .32. It's a great defensive round for people who are recoil sensitive.
     
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    probably not
     
  9. Turangi

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    Gunfan, I enjoy shooting the 32 Long also. Here is a S&W Regulation Police from about 1920 I shoot 32 in on a regular basis, a mild accurate round. John
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  10. P. Plainsman

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    It gives me the willies as a potential defense cartridge. There's no denying it was so used long ago. You'd have to have a very recoil-adverse shooter before I'd recommend an 85-grain bullet going 650-700 fps for defense.

    With that said, I'd love a minty old .32 Long target revolver, be it of the S&W or Colt persuasion. The round has a definite cult following as a target and small game cartridge. I believe the Europeans use it as a bullseye match round in specially designed semi-auto pistols -- funky, eh?

    Terry Murbach has been known to sing the praises of the old .32 S&W Long here in the electronic ether to rousing effect, and that Cumpston article linked above is a good read too.
     
  11. oweno

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    a bit of history ...

    My Grandfather was, until his death in 1933, the Chief of Detectives of the Massachusetts State Police. His service revolver?

    S&W Regulation Police in .32 S&W Long. My daughter now has this piece, it's in beautiful condition.
     
  12. Old Fuff

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    That was often the case, because many detectives (and some uniformed officers) in those days carried their revolver in a hip-pocket holster - something you seldom hear of today.

    Edited to add: 48 Regulation Police revolvers were shipped to the Mass State Police in 1929 within the 508000 to 509000 serial number range. They are marked "State Police" on the backstrap, and worth extra bucks.

    If the revolver your daughter has matches this description I'd write Roy Jinks in Springfield and pay the $30.00 fee to get a confirming letter from Smith & Wesson. Then you will have the whole history of the gun from an official source.
     
  13. Old Fuff

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    You have a double winner! While the Regulation Police model was cataloged in barrel lengths of 3 1/4, 4 1/4 and 6 inches, relatively few were made with the longest length. Not only is the one you've got a good shooter, but one one with an extra collector's value as well.
     
  14. mec

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    "Terry Murbach has been known to sing the praises of the old .32 S&W Long here in the electronic ether to rousing effect..."
    Murbach is the one that inspired me toward the .32 Long. He always put a lot into his articles. I recall on in one of the G&A special books that had a whole page of .32 long handloads.
     
  15. Ala Dan

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    I've got my late father's minty S&W 2" barrel model 30 in .32 S&W Long~! :)
    It's of 1971 manufactuer, and only been fired a total of six times. :D
     
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    I'm paraphrasing Elmer Keith when he said, "it's one of the most accurate rounds in existence today."
     
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    Oh if this were only true of all the models. I have a K32 and would like a Colt OMT for it's companion, but they are priced as if they were gold. I have a lead on one, it's just that I really don't want to spend that much money on it.
     
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    Thanks for your feedback!

    >That was often the case, because many detectives (and some uniformed >officers) in those days carried their revolver in a hip-pocket holster - >something you seldom hear of today.

    That's EXACTLY the holster that's with the revolver. It's in nice condition, too. Always struck me as a good way to carry a piece - wonder why nobody makes them anymore?

    >Edited to add: 48 Regulation Police revolvers were shipped to the Mass State >Police in 1929 within the 508000 to 509000 serial number range. They are >marked "State Police" on the backstrap, and worth extra bucks.

    Yep, the exact markings on the backstrap. I'll check with my daughter to see what the serial number is.

    >If the revolver your daughter has matches this description I'd write Roy Jinks >in Springfield and pay the $30.00 fee to get a confirming letter from Smith & >Wesson. Then you will have the whole history of the gun from an official >source.

    Good suggestion, I'll do this.

    regards,

    Owen
     
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    I have a nice little S&W Model 30, with three inch barrel. This is indeed, a nifty little plinker.
    I would never entertain any use of this pop gun as a defensive weapon though.
     
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    My father was a big time NRA competetor in the NJ area from the late 40's thru mid 70's. He gave me his Officer's Match .22 when I started around 60 in NRA matches. He gave me his National Match 1911 when I shot in the Services matches a few years later. He gave me his Officers .38 about 1965 when he bought from Colt, an Officers Match .32S&W which he had factory tuned. This was his "cheat" gun as he got older and which , with the help of a Merit Disc, kept him competitive thru most of the 70's. He shot Federal match ammo or Lapua, never being into reloading.
    So I now own that .32S&W Long, along with a handfull of others, and they certainly are wonderfully accurate and delightfully mellow. While they certainly will kill, I don't RELY on one,as I KNOW BETTER! :)
     
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    Love the .32 S&W. I consider it the ideal small game round. I even built a rifle for it.
    I make a habit of NOT advertising this too much. Too many folks would rush out to buy the things and then there wouldn't be any left for me. :D

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  22. AirForceShooter

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    Had a J frame .43 and sold it (hits self in the head).
    It was incredibly accurate (Puts head in drawer and slams it shut).
    Easy to shoot (drops weight on head from great height).
    Girls loved it (Rams head into comcrete wall).

    I want another one soo bad.

    Also loved the .38 J frame.

    AFS
     
  23. mec

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    mention of the officer's match .32- Doc O'meara said they were an item with the Massachusetts state guard- reminded me of this:
    http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BTT/is_149_24/ai_65910636
    it appeared in American Handgunner a few years ago. I didn't shoot the OMM as well as the k 32 and k38 but that's my usual experience. I have a lot more time in with the smiths.
     
  24. Old Fuff

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    Oh yes I know ... the Officers' Model Colts and K-32's are indeed out of sight, and I doubt that I will get one too. However they are about the only .32 S&W Long chambered revolvers that go for high bucks. Colt Police Positive and Police Positive Special's are often found for $250.00 and sometimes much less - and "I" frame Smith & Wessons are priced about the same or slightly higher. All are easy to pack and fun to shoot. :D
     
  25. oweno

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    Old Fuff,

    Just got off the phone with my daughter, the serial number is 509nnn.

    Second shipment maybe?

    thanks again for your input,

    Owen

    and sorry about spelling your on-line name wrong before :)
     
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