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How about the $75 dollar revolver I scored

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by corton93, Apr 25, 2016.

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  1. corton93

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    So, my fiance's grandads brother-in-law passed away and this was one of his. Her grandad took posession and i bought it from him for 75 bucks.

    Its an INA Tiger in 32 S&W Long. Would have loved if it was in 38 spl, but hey, beggers cant be choosers. J frame size with a 3" barrel. Besides the drag line on the cylinder and a few spots of surface rust on the hammer its actually in really good condition. Bluing looks great, just very slight wear around the muzzle.

    I know most of the back history on INA, just dont know where i would actually be able to find a manufacture date.

    Anyways. Thought it was a good buy at 75. And if anybody happens to know anything interesting about these feel free to let me know. And also, for anybody who might possibly know anything about the dates of manufacture the SN is 2097XX.

    Thanks all.
     

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  2. just for fun

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    I'm no help at all! Still I wanted to say that is one very nice pistol even if I never heard of it! Here's hoping it isn't a Saturday Night special.
     
  3. Swing

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    I would have snagged it for $75 too. 'gratz.
     
  4. Onward Allusion

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    That's a nice find for $75. I have one in .38 Spl. Nothing special but I got it for $100. It goes bang every time, so I can't complain.

    It's not a Saturday Night Special. It was made by Industria Nacional De Armas a defunct Brazilian gun mfr. It's along the lines of early Taurus or Rossi.
     
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    Depending on how you look at it, you either scored a great gun, or paid money to buy a sickness. That sickness is 32 long. The caliber shoots so soft and so accurately that they grow on you quickly, and start multiplying. The 3 inch barrel is really nice too. I started off with a RG from my grandma, then a leinad? 7 shot as my second (junk gun bin at the gun show, 3 for 50 bucks) and now my 3rd brings me to the Smith 30-1 3" j frame. It is a SUPERB shooter. So now you get to buy ammo, start reloading for it, and fuel the addiction.

    And yes, if it was 38spl it would probably do the same thing...for me that led to 357 and 357 started multiplying.

    If it was made in Brazil it might be a Taurus gun sold under the other name. The earliest taurus were not great, but they have always been at least decent, and at times rivaled anybody else in the world. You might have a mighty fine gun there. Go try it out and let us know.

    If you have trouble finding ammo, 32 sw long will also fire 32 sw (known as short). Both are sparse, but you should be able to find one or the other. 32acp will also fit, but should NOT be fired in 32swl guns as 32acp is a much higher pressure round. If you can find it, the prvi partisan LRN ammo shoots really well and is one of the more affordable and more common flavors. It's my go-to if I run out of my reloads or if I want to grow my brass inventory....if you don't plan to reload I will buy your brass, as would others on here.
     
  7. Twiki357

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    What WestKentucky said times two. A great soft shooting plinking round. The only down side to 32 S&W Long (or short) if you don’t reload is the cost.
     
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    I'd be wondering if it could shoot .32acp....
     
  9. Onward Allusion

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    No, don't shoot 32 acp out of something chambered for 32 S&W L. 32 ACP is higher pressure. Now, if it was chambered in 32 H&R Mag, sure, in a pinch only.
     
  10. kBob

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    Spiffy!

    I really like the leaping Tiger. Looks like my old high school mascot and Tigers are dynamite!

    I once started a lady on .32S&W L in a beat up old COlt and she went on to get interested in gun politics and ended up president of an NRA Club of the Year.

    My Grand Dad (Gump-Daddy Bob) carried a .32 S&W Long in his cash box.

    I'll bet my daughter would squeal if she were offered that little cutie.

    Hope it works out well for you.

    -kBob
     
  11. .455_Hunter

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    Does yours have a forcing cone?

    The .38 special one I saw at the LGS had just a sharp square shoulder.
     
  12. Deanimator

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    A friend in Chicago in the '60s had one just like it... in grade school.

    He went on to be a drug dealer. Haven't seen him since 1984. Based on his appearance at the time, he's probably dead now...
     
  13. WestKentucky

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    If it doesn't have a forcing cone, I would only shoot the LRN bullets through it. Not that it will make much of s difference, but it should allow for less shaving of bullets. I definately wouldn't run wadcutters in it.
     
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    This link may help with the approximate year.

    Ron
     
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    I had one of those. It shot OK. It had a barrel to cylinder gap of .021 thousands. About triple what it should be. I sold it pretty quick.
     
  16. tark

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    That's not a bad looking little revolver! For $75 bucks, what the hell, why not?! The .32 S&W long is very available in my part of the world. The GM in Peoria has a couple dozen boxes of brand new Remington, both round nose and wadcutter target loads.

    Does a magnet stick to the frame? If it has a steel frame, even if lower grade steel, it might be quite durable. The 32 ammo certainly won't strain anything very much.

    Looks to me like a good deal:)
     
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    LOVE that little kitty! Purrrr..... BOOM!!! :D!!!
     
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    INA also made a knockoff of the 9mm Danish M50 Madsen submachine gun for the Brazilian gov't in 45 ACP, some of which were converted later to 9mm. I found an INA revolver among my late granfather's things after he passed in the 80's- it was a 38 special 5 shot with nickel plating and smooth polished grips. Who knows where it came from. It was with a cheap Astra cub 22 short auto and a Rg14 22 revolver. Apparently my granddad didn't invest much in the guns he had! I recall the INA seemed fairly solid. No idea where they all ended up.
     
  19. Carl N. Brown

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    .32 S&W Long is a very accurate cartridge, good for target and small game from a good revolver. That INA Tiger in the photo may be an excellant walking-in-the-woods sidearm.

    I will add to the warning about .32 ACP (7.65mm Browning).

    .32 ACP has a thin semi-rim that is thinner than the rim on .32 S&W and .32 S&W Long. .32 ACP will fire in most .32 S&W and .32 S&W Long revolvers with what amounts to an excessive headspace condition. .32 ACP operates at higher pressure than most .32 S&W Long, plus .32 ACP is usually FMJ and .32 S&W is usually lead bullets. .32 ACP hammers the breechface. You can tell if a lot of .32 ACP has been fired in a .32 S&W revover: the breechface will have a distinct image of the case head, either brass smear if a steel revolver or a crater if soft alloy like the Clerke 1st.
     
  20. tubeshooter

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    Actually looks kind of neat. Not bad for $75, I suppose.


    Congrats!
     
  21. J-Bar

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    We need a range report!!!
     
  22. corton93

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    Just an update.

    Yes, mine does in fact have a forcing cone (haven't measured the actual gap yet) and the timing, while not perfect, is plenty good enough.

    I shot 100 rounds of standard LRN, 50 plated round nose, and 50 wadcutters. Didn't experience or see any evidence of lead shaving off either the LRN or wadcutters.

    The gun itself shot pretty good. POA out to about 10 yards. The cylinder release is kind of sticky. Have to force it all the way forward then give a good press on the cylinder for it to pop out. But I dont think its anything mechanical. I haven't cleaned the gun yet since I took possession, and 50 or so years of gunk build up has a tendency to jam stuff up.

    And the hammer mounted firing pin is pretty wiggly, not to the point that it feels like it's going to fall out, but its got a fair amount of movement to it. Going to try and figure out a way to tighten it up a little.

    Anyways. Dont regret a thing for 75 bucks.
     
  23. J-Bar

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    That "wiggly" firing pin is probably designed to wiggle; it allows the firing pin to work its way through the recoil shield on its way to the primer. Don't be too quick to "fix" it. If the gun goes bang it's doing the job.
     
  24. Jim NE

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    I like that gun! Looks cool. I really like .32 long, and have a few of them. My best is a .32 Hand Ejector.

    My worst is a FIE Titanic....yours looks way better than that. :) If you want to get an idea of value, and can't find any on gunbroker, you might try checking out Simpson's LTD in Illinois. I think I may have seen a couple there a while back.
     
  25. antiquus

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    I have a 1896 Hand Ejector, which is a collector piece I'll never shoot. However I have all the equipment to reload .32 anything and I'd buy that Ina in a heartbeat.
     
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