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spanish revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bubba15301, Jul 4, 2013.

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  1. bubba15301

    bubba15301 Member

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    lgs has a spanish revolver in 32/20 . the trade mark is alfa . which is the trademark of armero especialistas reunidas of eiber spain is it worth buying?
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    IMO: No.
    A box 32-20 WCF of ammo costs more then the gun is worth.

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  3. GCBurner

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    Depends on what they're asking. The Alfas were basically a copy of the S&W Model 10 in .32-20, and the one I have has actually been rebarreled with a genuine S&W barrel. The lockwork is different, as these Spanish copies used a V-shaped mainspring, rather than the flat mainspring of the S&W. Workmanship on mine is pretty good, it locks up tight, and shoots fairly well with Cowboy-type handloads, but yours may vary. If it needs parts or fixing, you are out of luck, so keep that in consideration. I originally got mine because it was being sold as a Model 10, and I didn't know different until I pulled the sideplate and aftermarket grips. Still, for $100 or so, I don't mind having it as a plinker.
     
  4. bubba15301

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    cylinder locks up tight overall good
    condition. less than a $100.00
     
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    Then why not ? It should be worth a try with not much to loose.
     
  6. Nathanael_Greene

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    I'd pay that. And who knows, maybe you'll come across some really cheap 32-20.
     
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    In the past decade around here, I saw the available .32-20 brass was used to make ammo for 7.62mm Nagant revolvers. I would laugh, but I know .32-20 revolver and lever action rifle owners are hurting for ammo.
     
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    I load my own
     
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    Then what are you waiting for, at less than $100?
     
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    guns on hold by the shop owner
     
  11. Ron James

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    Amera Espercialitas was a co-op made up of out of work gun makers. Out of work because WWI ended. For a hundred dollars I would buy it, just to hang over the fireplace. But my fingers and eyes are too important to be shooting a hundred dollar Spanish 32-20 revolver. You asked for opinions, I hope you didn't just want positive ones but also the others.:)
     
  12. Old Fuff

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    I can think of two reasons to buy this revolver.

    1. You need a paperweight.

    2. You want to use it as a shooter.

    For the latter purpose it's a dud. The ammunition (and cartridge cases if you reload) is expensive and often hard to find. While it may look something like a Smith & Wesson it's unlikely to shoot like one. They didn't worry too much about things like bore dimensions or chamber/bore alignment. Spending money for a revolver to use for shooting is somewhat pointless if any group looks like it was fired with a shotgun.

    You would be much wiser to keep your 100 bucks and save some more until you could buy a good, used S&W, Ruger or Colt chambered in .38 Special.

    Unless of course you need a paperweight. ;)
     
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    I have a 38 special Spanish revolver and it shoots great. So far all the parts are interchangeable with S&W k-frame. I was getting light strikes when I first bought mine. I happen to have a new mainspring from a model 66 in my parts bin and it fit perfect. My old Hogue rubber grip also fit like a glove.

    I will vouch that "THEY ARE" Smith reproductions. Here is my $89 38 special. It has a permanent home as my shop protector. I believe this one says "Ruby" on the side, but I would have to go out to my shop to verify that. The picture doesn't show, but it has a vented rib barrel.


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  14. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Your Spanish revolver is about 75 years newer then the one the OP is asking about though.

    Vent rib barrels on revolvers were unheard of before the Colt Python cam along in 1955.

    rc
     
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    Thanks RC I wasn't sure.

    I just grabbed mine from the shop.
    The side plate says "Ruby Extra".
    One side of the barrel says "CABILONDO & CA-VITORIA (Espana)" and on the other..."ACERO DE ALTA RESISTENCIA"

    RC-- do you have any idea what the barrel says?? I don't know any Spanish.
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    More or less?

    "+ Acero De Alta Resistencia" = + High strength steel


    "CABILONDO & CA-VITORIA" = Llama-Gabilondo and Company, Inc.

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    Thanks!! I've always wondered what that said.
     
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    picking it up on saturday
     
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    date code is 1934
     
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    Never heard of a model 10 in 32-20 as the last S&W that used it was the model 1905 4th change hand ejetor and S&W stopped making them before WWII..

    Top gun is 1905 4th change shipped 1919 and bottom gun is 1905 3rd change shipped 1911 .. both 32-20 winchester.

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