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Old 09-25-2005, 02:47 AM   #1
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Hi there all,



I was perusing the gunshop this week and walked over to the orphan (used) case and spied this little S&W revolver. It's smaller than the J-frame and fires the .38 Smith and Wesson Cartridge.



It is a diminutive 5 shot revolver and is in about 98% condition with the original bluing. I picked it up, handled it and left the store without purchasing it. Two days later, I went back and purchased the little gun that held my facination two days earlier.



After a little research, I discovered that what I owned was the sturdy little S&W Terrier Model 32 made from 1936 to 1974. I would enjoy dating the little revolver.







Does anyone have access to any dating information?



It is a wonderful little revolver that is a fine addition to my collection of modern handguns.



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Old 09-25-2005, 08:28 AM   #2
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Hi Chris,



(Never mind my picture request in my earlier PM - here it is! Nice!!!)



I have Supica and Nahas' Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson sitting right here beside me, waiting for you to PM me or post the SN! (I tried but couldn't get it off the butt of the gun in the image posted. Just off the top of my head, I'd guess mid-50s/early-60s. You have a nice I-frame, same as that 22/32 I told you about in the PM just now. The J-frames started in '61 acc. to Supica & Nahas, so it's got to be before then.)



I'm off to shave and then to church to renew our vows. Anybody who wants a ton of cake is welcome to come . . . cheers, erich
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Old 09-25-2005, 08:31 AM   #3
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Hmm. I'm looking through the Standard Catalog's SN info, and not finding any for the I-frame (because it looks like you SN is in the 69XXX range).



I'll check again later - gotta shave! :)
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Careful with that one; that's the kind of gun that wives and girlfriends like to steal!
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Old 09-25-2005, 03:11 PM   #5
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I was over on the S&W Forum just now (I'd posted there right after I signed off here this a.m.), and it looks like you've got it solved. C. 1953, original style I-frame. The fifth "tension" screw is visible in the photo you posted, now that I look.



Can you post a photo of the other side of the frame so we can see the other screws (in particular the high sideplate screw)? Thanks.



So . . . are you going to shoot it?
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Old 09-25-2005, 04:17 PM   #6
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I have a 1905 (manufacture date) S&W Hand Ejector in .32 S&W Long You will love the "I" frame as it is a svelte little thing! I have been begging S&W to reproduce the "I" frame streched-out, but no thicker.



Modern metallurgy (read: Scandium technology) would permit such a handgun to be chambered in .32 H&R Magnum and weigh in at approximately eight ounces! With a titanium cylinder, this "I" frame recreation would be just fine for the "hideout" crowd, without sacrificing terminal ballistics. It would also handle .32 S&W long, as well as the old .32 S&W cartridges.



What's not to like?



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Some people just never could warm up to a .32. I, on the other hand, think it would be perfect for a hideout gun.
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Old 09-25-2005, 09:05 PM   #8
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Great find Chris!



One of my favorite revolvers. I have one in each frame size; the J frame shoots like a dream but the I frame is so CUTE. I had to quit loaning mine out....too hard to get back.



Great gun for training recoil-shy folks. No bark and no bite. Fun for walkabouts as well, when some plinking might be in order.



I sometimes carry it deer hunting for finishers. Works fine, plus it doesn't rupture eardrums like a hot .38 or magnum.



Factory loads are a bit light, in deference to the large numbers of blackpowder and import junk revolvers still floating around. I came across a half case or so of .38 Colt New Police sometime back which is _slightly_ better; heavier bullet and small meplat on the nose.



You can reload it with wadcutters; just don't seat them all the way down like in a Special. Leave about half of it outside the case. Hardcast 158gr semiwadcuters at 600-650 fps work well also.





Good find!





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Old 09-26-2005, 02:31 PM   #9
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Hi there all,



Thank you all for the information.



I just picked up a copy of the Supica and Nahas Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson Firearms from the local Book Warehouse, as well as, a box of .38 S&W ammo from the Bass Pro Shop here where I live.



I am still excited about my new aquisition and think I just still got a great deal on the Terrier at $265.00.



The next item on my list will be a Chief's Model 36, which I will hopefully aquire at the next gun show here in town at the end of October. It will give me some time to save.



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Wow, I'd consider that a great deal for that gun in that condition.



Do let us know how it shoots! Those .360 Beartooth bullets and the Lee dies at Midway are calling your name!
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