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S&W 1903 Hand Ejector WWYD

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Jimbo80, Sep 5, 2021.

  1. Jimbo80

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    I've been helping a friends widow sell off some guns and accessories and have gotten a lot of help from THR members as to things he had that weren't in my wheelhouse. I'm pretty much done with all of it except this old revolver. I'm figuring I could get $150 or so for it. I am not really a wheel gun guy but I do hate to sell any gun much less an old one.

    If y'all were in my shoes would you buy it (for $100) or sell it? It isn't in good shape cosmetically but is in good working order. Thanks for any input!
     

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  2. NIGHTLORD40K

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    For $100? Buy!

    I paid $75 for this rusty old .32-20 1905 M&P. Buffed it clean and cold-blued. Turned out pretty OK, I think.
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    I would buy it, but I like revolvers.
     
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  4. MikeJackmin

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    I almost looks like it was nickled over an old re-blue.

    If it's mechanically sound, and a smokeless gun, I'd buy it happily for that price.
     
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  5. Chevelle SS

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    Buy it, I'd pay the $150 for it if it checked out mechanically, let alone the $100.
     
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  6. ontarget

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    I would pay her $150.00 for it and not blink an eye. Since it's mechanically sound, it's the perfect restoration candidate. If you do it yourself it would be a great experience with little investment.
     
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  7. bannockburn

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    Yeah, I would give you $100 for that revolver! If those are real pearl grips they're probably worth at least that much!
     
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  8. Jimbo80

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    Looks like it'll go in the safe. I don't believe the gun has been refinished and the grips are real but do have some condition issues. Appreciate it guys!
     
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    Good move. A one time dinner for two in a decent restaurant will cost that much, the gun is forever.
     
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    Yep, check those (stocks) grips. and see if they are Pearl! or plastic.
     
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    Mike makes a good point, this gun was made before S&W started heat-treating cylinders, so (assuming here its a .38 Spl.) no +P. They are generally considered safe with modern, standard pressure smokeless loads.
     
  12. Jimbo80

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    I haven't gotten around to researching and dating the gun yet but I think it's a late 40's early 50's mfg. and is chambered in 32 long. The serial number is hard for my old eyes to decipher.

    PS I may be off 30 or 40 years on the date.
     
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  13. Chevelle SS

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    According to the Standard Catalog of S&W, yours dates between 1910 and 1917. .32 Hand Ejector Model of 1903 5th Change.
     
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  14. Jimbo80

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    [QUOTE="Chevelle SS,]According to the Standard Catalog of S&W, yours dates between 1910 and 1917. .32 Hand Ejector Model of 1903 5th Change.[/QUOTE]

    Good to know...thanks! What did you read the S# as?
     
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    Well done! Those guns may not bring high prices but they are no slouch on being fun guns to shoot. They are generally pretty accurate and have very little recoil but are more than a 22.
     
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    Good to know...thanks! What did you read the S# as?[/QUOTE]

    I read it as 187592
     
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  17. Jimbo80

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    [/QUOTE]I read it as 187592[/QUOTE]

    Thanks, I wasn't sure if it was a 1 or a 7.
     
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