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Help ID a Smith & Wesson 32 CTG..??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by strombek@bellsouth.net, Dec 9, 2008.

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  1. strombek@bellsouth.net

    strombek@bellsouth.net Member

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    I hope some one may be able to help ID this revolver. I have searched for info but nothing comes up.
    Smith & Wesson
    32 Long either OTO, OTC, OTG ..??
    Wood Handles
    Round Butt
    Blued
    4" or 41/4" Barrel
    Serial # 253128 or 253126
    were the model number is usually at I found the number 2G37...?? 2637..??
    Hope I have given enough information to help ID this revolver.
    Thanks so much for any help or advise you may be able to give.
    Thanks,
    Keith
     
  2. Old Fuff

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    Well there isn't too much to hold on to... :)

    Revolvers made before 1957 are not marked with model numbers, and I suspect that is the case here.

    The marking on the barrel is "32 Long CTG - CTG stands for "cartridge."

    The serial number should be stamped on the bottom of the butt, the rear face of the cylinder, and the bottom of the barrel above the ejector rod.

    If the serial number is not on the bottom of the butt it may be on the front of the handle part of the frame, above the mainspring strain screw.

    See if the following is stamped on the bottom of the wood grips, if they wrap around the bottom of the frame and cover the butt: Pat. June 5 1917.

    Measure the barrel from the front face of the cylinder to the end of the muzzle. I suspect that 4 1/4" is correct.

    Then come back and we'll try again. ;)
     
  3. machinisttx

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    Pre model 31?
     
  4. strombek@bellsouth.net

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    Old Fluff,
    The serial number on the bottom of the butt is 253128. The eight could be a six, really hard to tell even with my magnifying glasses...:D The barrel does measure 4.25 inches as you said.
    Hope this helps.
    Again Thanks Very Much!
    Keith
     
  5. Old Fuff

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    Progress is our most important product... :D

    I think that you have a Smith & Wesson .32 Hand Ejector; Model of 1903. 5th change.

    These were made between 1910 and 1917, within a serial number range running from 102,501 to 263,000. They were 6-shot / .32 S&W Long revolvers, with standard barrel lengths of 3 1/4, 4 1/4 and 6 inches. Standard finishes were either blue or nickel plate. The standard stocks were molded out of black hard rubber, so if the ones on your revolver are original to the gun they'd be a special order feature. Carefully remove them and see if the gun's serial number, or part of it, are penciled on the inside of one or both panels.

    The reason for some of my questions was because walnut stocks on this model weren't unheard of at the time, but they were unsusal.

    Cylinders were not heat treated until 1920 at about serial number 321,00 so don't use hopped-up loads. After all the little lady is on the elderly side. ;)
     
  6. strombek@bellsouth.net

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    Thanks very much for the info. I will check the grips today. I found the gun in a pawn shop in good condition. Plus the price was right also 35.00 It had been a bad week and the boss made one of the salesmen mad and he gave me a deal.
     
  7. Old Fuff

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    That's not a deal, it's a steal... :what:

    I would expect that if the stocks alone are in good shape they would be worth what you paid for the whole gun, and perhaps even more. ;)
     
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