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    32 S&W Hammerless Safety Identification

    I have a S&W 32 Hammerless Safety pistol with Serial #234609 on the butt. One side of the barrel is engraved with SMITH & WESSON, the other side has 32 S&W. CTG between two strange emblems. It is blued, not nickel plated. Any clue how old this pistol is?
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    The S&W 32 Safety Hammerless 3rd model was shipped from 1909 to 1937 with serial numbers 170001 to 242981. It would be hard to guess exactly when it was shipped as the break top revolvers were losing popularity in the 1920s and 1930s. I would guess that yours was from the 1920s. Blued units were less common than nickel plated. A nice revolver to have and even shoot. It takes 32 Smith & Wesson Cartridges.
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    Exactly!

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    By the 1920s the popularity of these dropped dramatically, in favor of hand ejectors, and available data are very spotty. And when demand got low, guns tended to stack up in the factory safe and get pulled as one was ordered, not necessarily shipped in serial order.

    But the guess above is very likely correct. I've seen a few dated to 1923 in the 228xxx range, and a 238xxx to 1929, so yours likely falls somewhere in-between.
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