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S&w .22 id?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Ash_J_Williams, Sep 29, 2011.

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  1. Ash_J_Williams

    Ash_J_Williams member

    Sep 20, 2011
    They claim it's a Smith... any ideas?

  2. Radagast
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    Radagast Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    It may be a .32 Safety Hammerless. S&W did not make a .22 top break, although they did make a .22 bottom break or tip up revolver. Will need the serial number, barrel markings and location of the S&W trade mark, if any, to ID it properly. It's probably a black powder gun and should not be fired with modern ammo.
  3. Jim K

    Jim K Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    It is an S&W .32 Safety, either the Second Model or the Third Model. The Second Model was made from 1902-1909, serial numbers 91418 to c.170000, the Third Model from 1909 to 1937, serial numbers c. 170,000 to 242981. If the front sight is pinned in (I can't tell from the photo), it is the Second Model; if forged as part of the barrel, it is the Third.

    Either should be fine with modern .32 S&W cartridges. (.32 S&W Long won't fit, nor will the .32 Magnum or the .327 and the latter two would be highly dangerous.)

    The grips are probably genuine mother of pearl and could be worth as much as the gun.

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