Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by wcwhitey, Aug 1, 2022.
Sorry about that. A S&W Model 1903 First Change in Nickel 4.25” 32 S&W Long. Finish is a bit rough about 80%. Seller states very good mechanically, matching serialized grips in perfect shape. $300. Will post pics when it comes. Needed a home.
Ok yeah, I give it two thumbs way up! That would have had me bidding as well if I was in a position to do any gun buying these days. It’s almost a perfect ringer for a 3/4 scale version of the nickle M&P 6” I have. Congrats!
Awe Darn! It’s been sold…
Good luck with your new gun!
I am intrigued.
Looking at the photos from gun broker with the grips off, I am intrigued about the two springs that are visible.
At first, I thought you had a 32 Hand Ejector 1st Model, the Model of 1896:
This was the first revolver Smith and Wesson made with a side swinging cylinder. There were quite a few mechanical differences between this model and all the side swinging cylinder revolvers S&W made after it.
Without going into a lot of detail about all the differences, you will notice this model did not have a rebound slide, the rebound slide was not introduced until sometime later.
Notice the arrangement of the springs in this photo of the lockwork of a 32 Hand Ejector 1st Model. The hammer spring is obvious, the smaller spring operates the trigger lever and the rebound lever.
I took the liberty of making a screen capture of the two springs that interest me in your 'new' revolver. I am assuming the spring to the rear is the hammer spring, and the spring to the front operates the trigger/rebound levers, if they are present. It appears to me the strain screw for the hammer spring goes right through the spring in front and has no effect on it.
I am very curious about the lockwork of this revolver. If you get a chance to remove the side plate, I would love to see a photo. You don't have to remove anything, just take the side plate off, take a photo, and post it.
I understand if you are reluctant to remove the side plate, and understand if you do not want to do that.
If you do want to remove the side plate I can give you instructions on how remove it. Whatever you do, do not attempt to pry it off.
It is technically the Second Model .32 Hand Ejector - Model 1903 - First Change, serial number range is 33XXX made in 1904/5. I am taking the plate off in a minute will upload a pic.
Thanks so much.
I found a photo on line of the mechanism, but did not want to post it as I do not own the photo.
I found this website on line which pretty much goes through the evolution of the early 32 Hand Ejectors.
Quoting from that page: "The rebound mechanism of the lockwork is redesigned, and utilizes a long flat combination spring and lever."
Smith and Wesson was going through some fairly rapid evolution of the design of these revolvers at that time. Aside from relocating the cylinder stop to underneath the cylinder, and the changes involved with that, it appears that the "combination spring and lever" is a simplification of the earlier mechanism, which used a spring and two pivoting levers. All that changed when S&W finally developed the sliding Rebound Slide.
I would love to see how that part actually works.
That is a very cool revolver. Congrats!
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