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    Cool 32-20 revolver

    I recently acquired a 32-20 revolver and would like to determine the age of the piece. I was told a couple varying stories. The first 3 of the 6 serial numbers are 122 xxx, and that place where number is available is on the ejector. The rest of the identifying numbers have been obliterated. It is in perfect working order and will make a handsome addition to my collection, I would really like to know when it was produced.

    Thanks so much

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    Hi 06Triumph and welcome to the forum.

    If the S/N number of the revolver is 122XXX, then the Standard Catalog shows it as a 32-20 Winchester Hand Ejector Model of 1905 4th Change manufactured/shipped in the broad range of years 1915-1940 (your number is toward the top at 144684).

    Your serial number range makes sense, but your location of the numbers causes me to question it. The official location for the serial numbers is on the bottom of the butt of the gun. Indeed, s/n's frequently can also be found in various locations on S&W's including the rear face of the cylinder. Are there any numbers on the butt of the gun?

    If you'll post some pictures of the revolver, our experts (I'm not one) can provide you with more information.

    BTW, what do you mean about the numbers being "obliterated"?

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    Welcome to the forum, the official serial number on any S&W .32-20 is on the butt. If that number along with others has been "obliterated", you likely have a problem. During the era Geezer refers to it is likely the SN would be found on the barrel, cylinder and butt. The frame is the identity and that number is found on the butt, if it is obliterated I would think its value is exceeded by the risks and headaches of dealing with the matter.

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    Hey there,
    Thanks so much for getting back to me. The SN has been stamped out on the butt as well as the barrel, the only place where it exists is on the ejector. I was just wondering of the piece is pre 1930's?

    Thanks so much again

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    No, more mid to later 30's. Removing or obliterating or altering a serial number is a federal no-no!

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    Thanks again. The unfortunate event of defacing this beautiful piece did not happen by my hands, nor by anyone I know. I will keep this precious revolver under lock and key, I would just like to know the correct time frame of its construction, and for that, I greatly appreciate your rapid response.

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    Consider reapplying the SN to a slicked up butt it you going to keep it anyway?


 

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