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Old 03-20-2017, 10:09 PM
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I am new to all this but hopefully I'm in the right place.

My dad recently passed and he had several hunting guns and pistols. My brother and I split these up and my mother wanted to keep one of the pistols. Later she decided she wanted to give it to me.

I'm just trying to get information on it so I can make the transfer official and fill in all the blanks on the paperwork.

There is no model #listed. From a quick look I think what I may have is a S&W .32 3rd model. An old .32 cartridge I had around will go in the cylinder but is of course too long. The Serial# 162843 is on the bottom of the handle and on the cylinder. Can someone tell me if I have it properly identified? What else might someone know about it? Value?

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Old 03-20-2017, 10:59 PM
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Welcome to the Forum. Your S&W is a .32 Double action and 162843 would be a 4th model probably made around 1896, or so. It is an antique under Federal regulations as it was made before Jan. 1, 1899. The correct ammo. is the .32S&W cartridge. The round you have that is too long is a .32S&W Long cartridge, made for later models. The gun looks to be in very good condition and if mechanically tight, should fire the .32S&W rounds safely, however the parts are delicate and replacement are hard to find. 1,000s of these were made, so values are not high unless the guns are near new in their original boxes. My condolences for the loss of your father. Ed.

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Old 03-20-2017, 11:10 PM
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I think what you have is a 32 Double Action 4th model and a very nice one at that. Welcome to the best forum on the internet.
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:14 PM
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Appreciate you all taking a look. That's interesting. Never know what may fall your way I guess. Thanks again!
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Old 03-21-2017, 02:55 PM
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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! That's a nice looking example of a lady's purse gun. They are fun to shoot but you may find gripping it awkward. My little finger wouldn't go on the handle.
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:53 PM
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Yes I think you are right. I've had cap guns with more heft... haha!
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Welcome aboard, Hartswater.

That's a very nice little revolver indeed.

You and your family have my condolences on the loss of your father.
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Thank you very much.
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