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    Terrier 38/32 2" 5 screw 38 S&W revolver.

    As a sometime collector, I realize that the rarer collector pieces are those that were not that popular when they were new. We love things like 38/44 revolvers but back in the days gone by would we have chosen the N frame .357 or the one that was 38 special only? The 38 S&W Terrier Revolver with its 2" barrel and small I frame made a great 5 shot pocket revolver when it came out in 1936. After WW2 it was returned to the S&W line in 1949. But in 1950 S&W introduced the Chief Special 2" barreled 5 shot in the more powerful 38 Special. It was just a tiny bit heavier and longer measured in hundredth of an inch. By 1955 there was a whole series of J Frame 38 Special 5 shot revolvers. The 2" Terriers were still produced but not in great numbers. I just bought this 5 screw 38 S&W Terrier as it fits nicely with my pre 36 Chief Special, Pre 40 Centennial, Pre 34 22/32 Kit Gun. I may have paid too much as it was missing the box, original grips, and flat latch but the finish is beautiful.
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    Jim,
    You've got a great little wheelgun there. If you shoot it or not, that's really of no consequence. I have one of these and I love it in my hands. The terrier is in it's own class, and it's got a place in most S&W collectors cabinets and safes. they're fun to shoot and terribly reliable for a pocket gun.
    You did well finding this for your collection. Congratulations on the acquisition and I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.


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    That is sweet!
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    that's a beauty! i love them. here is an early post-war with the round-top service grips.



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    and a "model of 1953" in fairly rare nickel.



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    this is the earliest (and nicest) one i have. very low post-war (4-line address) serial number. i originally hoped it might have shipped in '49, but the general consensus is that no post war terriers actually shipped until 1950.



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    Another one of the firearms and calibers I can't remember ever getting the chance to shoot.
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    Terrier 38/32 2" 5 screw 38 S&W revolver

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    Another one of the firearms and calibers I can't remember ever getting the chance to shoot.

    While I do have some 38 S&W ammo in my pile but since I was in a couple large gun stores and 3 smaller Gun Shops yesterday I checked for new 38 S&W Ammo and found that one store had a couple boxes of 38 S&W 146 gr lead rounds for $41.95 per box but the other 4 were a no go.
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    Very nice Terrier you got there. I have been searching in vain (so far) for one that would have shipped in 1952. There is just something so neat about the little I frame guns. They are every bit as well made as the big boys, and until the CS came out, were the go to gun for pocket carry. I'm holding out till I hopefully find one with its box that will go with my .38 Regulation Police.
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    I like the little Terrier, and the older the better. Really like the look of those round top stocks. I picked up my late model 32-1 early on in my S&W affliction. Almost passed it up as I couldn't for the life of me justify having a revolver that used a nearly defunct cartridge. But my pusher threw in a box of ammo and that sealed the deal.



    It looks as though it spent most of its time in the proverbial sock drawer. The story was that that local hardware/sporting goods store sold a bunch of them back in the mid sixties. Store is long gone but this Terrier now resides in the dark recesses of my safe!
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