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Old 06-21-2013, 02:05 PM
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I have a chance to get a s&w 32 top break like new number 113xxx, and a 22 s&w number 397xxx top break with repaired frame.i would like to know if these need to be registered as there is knoe paperwork. the person is 88 years old and knows nothing about them,also if first is very nice and second is rough what price would be fair to lady and myself, any help would be appreciated,jack ,sorry don't know much about guns buying as gift also they are both double action

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Old 06-21-2013, 02:46 PM
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If the .32 has an exposed hammer, it is a .32 Double Action 4th Model as made between 1883 and 1909, this one is an antique made before the end of 1898.
If it does not have an exposed hammer, it is a .32 Safety Hammerless 2nd Model as made between 1902 and 1909.
Like new, several hundred dollars.

I do not know of a top break double action .22 S&W.
Do you mean she has another .32?
How and where is the frame repaired?
Repaired and rough, not much money.

If you could get close clear pictures, somebody here would put dollar numbers on them.

Registration depends on where you live. There is no federal requirement to register a gun bought from a private citizen, but some states do. Not mine.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:48 PM
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it is a 7 shot top break double action,looks like the smith but only has numbers indicated.the 32 has a last patent date of 1882.i will ask if I can get pics,thank you jack in mich. it has to be registered if newer that 1898
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As I said, according to Flayderman, the .32 is an antique, pre 1899 if it is the hammer model, not if hammerless.
Checking, 1882 is a patent date on the hammer guns, not the hammerless. But you should be able to tell the difference by looking.

I do not think a 7 shot double action .22 topbreak is a Smith. More likely an H&R. In which case I THINK it is a 20th century gun, they did not normally run serial numbers above 100000 until after 1905.

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In most states, private transactions involving guns do not require any registration. But some strongly anti-gun states do, so you will have to check the prevailing laws of wherever you live. Most any gun shop personnel could tell you that information.
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