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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by TmRich, Jan 14, 2007.

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  1. TmRich

    TmRich Member

    Jan 14, 2007
    Sorry I don't know the proper protocol for doing this and all how ever, I'm looking for some info an S&W. It has 32 WCF CTG on one side of the beral the other. Has Smith & Wesson on it the top has pat. Oct. 8, 1901, Dec.17, 1901 then it is worn were I cant make it out looks like Feb. then I cant read it then Dec. 29, 1914. It is # 81288 theta is on the inside of the cylinder and on the bottom of the handle. Crome/nickle finish with what looks like pearl handles no extra writing on the grips them self. This was my grandfathers gun and was just trying to find out a little bit about it. He told me once something about it being one of the first with heat treated something sorry I know that is vague but being a girl and that he told me that 10 years ago, that's what happens. THanks so much.
  2. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Young ladies are always welcome on The High Road... :)

    From your description I think your grandpa's revolver was a Smith & Wesson .32 1905 Hand Ejector, 4th. change. Heat treated cylinders (to make them stronger) begain at or about serial number 81,287. so your Grandpa was right on the money. All of this happened in 1919. It is chambered to use .32-20 cartridges that were originally intended to be used in Winchester and other rifles. Owners of those rifles often bought S&W and other 32-20 revolvers so they could use the same cartridge in both arms.

    If you want additional information, go to www.smith-wesson.com and follow the instructions to obtain a factory letter. This letter will confirm the model, caliber, finish, special stocks (if they are original to the gun), barrel length, and the date shipped and to what distributor or dealer. The charge for this service is $30.00 in a check or money order made out to Smith & Wesson. Also include a snapshot of the gun, and the description you posted here. In about 6 to 8 weeks you'll receive your letter.
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