Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Jeff olson, Nov 24, 2021.
I have roughly 800 rds of 32-20 I've acquired over the years. I have 3 rifles chambered for it(marlin 1894, Remington 25, and a marlin 27s) but have yet to shoot that particular round in a pistol. Should be fun.
The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (second edition) shows that serial number range as being manufactured in 1961.
One of my inherited guns is a S&W .32-20, “Mod. of 1905 – 4th change”, with a 6-digit serial number on the heel that starts with "111xxx". According to a couple of vendors that checked their "blue books", these guns were made from 1915-1940 and serial numbers ran from 65,701 to 144,684. I haven't been able to find any place that can pin the date down to a specific year.
Another poster claims this is a "powerful round" yet these same dealers claim otherwise as the ammo currently available is LRN and has a MV around 900 fps. This is one of the reasons cowboy action shooters like this round - it is easily controllable without a lot of recoil. And I will confirm that!
That is incorrect. Look again.
The OP's revolver has a Serial Number with a K and 5 digits. The K Frame revolvers made in 1961 have a K and 6 digits. Besides, the revolver in question has the early tapered barrel, and a speed hammer. And besides that, after 1957 the name was changed to Model 14, and that is not a Model 14. The revolver in question is a K-38 Masterpiece that shipped in 1948.
This K-38 Masterpiece shipped in 1950, the same era as the revolver in question. Notice the tapered barrel and speed hammer.
This is a Model 14. Note the bull barrel and modern style hammer.
I don't know any CAS shooters who shoot 32-20.
Most shoot lightly loaded 38s, or very lightly loaded 38s. I have been shooting CAS for about 20 years and do not recall picking up any 32-20 brass.
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