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    Quote Originally Posted by Faison View Post
    Thanks for info. Still wonder bout serial #3586xx on bottom frame grip & cylinder but # under barrel is...B 3586xx. Have other .32 HE 4in. (improved 'I' frame?) with recess/cutout on rear frame grip and bottom contour is different than pictured revolver and 2 screw grips pictured will not fit. Curious, any info appreciated. Thinkin bout getting letter but it may not provide all answers. Not brightest bulb but my limited 'research' leaves more questions than answers. Appreciate your knowledge and time.
    B just means Blue finish. The underside of the barrel is the correct place for thst stamp. You should also see a B on the grip frame side.
    The other .32 with the rebate is Regulation Police style. On that one, the s/n should be on the forward strap.
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    Your gun is a .32 Hand Ejector 3rd Model. The serial numbers for these ran concurrently with the Regulation Police model. Beginning at serial #321000 the cylinders were heat treated. The B in front of the barrel serial number denotes a blued finish from the factory. With the mushroom style ejector rod knob your gun is most likely from the mid to early 20s.
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    delcrossv...thanks. Now know 'B' preceeding serial # is for blue. You're correct in serial# on front frame grip. Rebated rear frame grip .32 long had ill fitting Pachmyer rubber grips when acquired. Took'um off right away. Finding correct S&W wood panels is akin to looking for needle in haystack. On forum one day & learned more than hours of surfing on my on. This is GREAT❗
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faison View Post
    delcrossv...thanks. Now know 'B' preceeding serial # is for blue. You're correct in serial# on front frame grip. Rebated rear frame grip .32 long had ill fitting Pachmyer rubber grips when acquired. Took'um off right away. Finding correct S&W wood panels is akin to looking for needle in haystack. On forum one day & learned more than hours of surfing on my on. This is GREAT❗
    You're welcome!
    For grips check on ebay. "Smith regulation police" grips. They show up from time to time. They'll have this cutout on the back:
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    Triplek and tombstone make plastic replacements- can't comment about fit for those though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faison View Post
    Thinkin bout getting letter but it may not provide all answers. Not brightest bulb but my limited 'research' leaves more questions than answers.
    IF the letter confirms the grips are original to the gun, it would be money well spent; if not, you've just blown a hundred bucks that can't be recovered if you ever sell the gun. Are you a lucky gambler?

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    Yeah, would be gamble. If target stocks original to pistol. What a classic look with target stocks. Could put letter $$$ into finding stocks for rebated police positive cause it's 'nekkid' now. Gonna do some looking & thinkin'. Cleaned up both today...for age look good & tight. Gonna shoot'em this weekend. Many thanks folks!

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    I don't see the rebated back strap on your gun. The grips it is wearing were an option when the gun was purchased new. This is the rebated backstrap.
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    Oops, error above...,'regulation police' stocks not 'police positive' (like old Colts too).
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    Series guy, don't know yet how to copy/paste? post. The rebated grip HE was mentioned after the original (.32 HE) post. Sorry if confusing. An 'old dog' & not techie but learning. You're quick❗


 
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