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    Need S&W 32-20 Revolver Identification help

    Barrel is marked "32 W.C.F. CTG" I can't figure out how to insert an image, so If you can help message me at Rmasters3@fuse.net and I'll send. I've been told both that it's a Model 10 and some version of the 1905 or simialr. I can't find a Model 10 in a book that shows it in any caliber beside a .38, so I'm lost.

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    Re: Need S&W 32-20 Revolver Identification help

    The M&P revolver was made in 32-20 from 1899 to just before WW2 in a separate series of serial numbers 1-144684 All of the prewar changes were done like the .38 Special. 1-5311 First model made 1899-1902. 5312-9811 1902 second model made 1902-1903. 9812-18125 1902 first change made 1903-1905. 18126-22426 model 1905 made 1905-1906. 22427-c.33500 for model 1905 1st change made1906-1909. 33501-45200 for 1905 2nd change made 1906-1909 overlaping the first change. 45201-65700 for 1905 3rd change made 1909-1915. 65701--144684 for 1905 4th change made 1915-to1940. I hope this helps.
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    Re: Need S&W 32-20 Revolver Identification help

    Jim has covered it very well
    The only thing I can add is that the M&P became the Model 10 when S&W started using model numbers,, a little more to it than that but,, Reader Digest version and all,,,
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    Re: Need S&W 32-20 Revolver Identification help

    Probably looks like this one? This one is a late model 32-20. 4th change. Not exactly collector quality, but a nice shooter.

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    I could use some help as well my revolver has the halfmoon front sight but the rear sight is notched and not the "gutter sight" style. Also the rear sight sits atop an arm the moves up and down as the hammer is moved and this is the chamber rotational release mechanism. There are a MYRIAD of dates on the chamber as well as smith and wesson (the words) and the letter and number combination "AS3". I was told it fires 32-20 and that it is a model 10 and that it is a model 1899. If you would like the dates or serial number let me know. Also would like to know the ACTUAL model of this gun as i do know for fact i need at least 3 springs and whatever is going to make the chamber finish a full rotation(between bullet to bullet on the chamber) and whatever is going to make the chamber NOT wobble like a toddlers first day walking. AHH, I found the serial number(i think) 192xx is on the buttstock. ANY help would be appreciated.
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    .32 Hand Ejector 1st model DA revolver. Called Model 1 or Model 1896. Manufactured late in the model range...1903.
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    That's .32 as in .32 S&W not the .32 Winchester/.32 WCF/.32-20. It is S&W's 1st swing-out cylinder and the forerunner of the I-frame.

    A Hand Ejector, 1899, 1902 or 1905, the K-frame is either an M&P (.38 Special and .38 S&W) or a .32-20 Hand Ejector, the two serial number ranges ran concurrently. That is the source of your research dilema. Similarly during WWII the British Service Revolvers (.38 S&W) had a serial range concurrent with the Victory Model (.38 Special), both are considered M&Ps.


    I have no problem with someone saying they have an M&P in .32-20 or a Brit Victory but if you are doing research problems may arise.

    Wiregrassguy nailed your photo, spot on. I would recommend honorable retirement for this relic of the blackpowder era.

    Interesting backdrop to your photos.

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    sorry...webcam was all i had available....What would you say as to value???And would it be repairable IF i could find the parts...more so...would it be WORTH repair??? And is available for this OLD???

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    If they appear operable my guess is either side of $200 dependant on condition etc. So, I doubt you could find parts, the cost of any significant repair would exceed value, and why would you risk damaging the gun to shoot a submarginal round out of a 116 y.o. gun? The gun will no doubt rise in value over time but interest in "banger grade" versions of this issue is approaching lukewarm at the moment. Even with the issues described it has value. I am sorry but in the current context these circumstances are screaming "Money Pit".

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    Fellows by the name David Chicoine may be able to help with parts. But, like Waidmann says, if you have them or a gunsmith repair the gun, you're looking at $$$.
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