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The beauty of the Nickle finish on this .32 caught my eye as I was actual looking at a less lustrous 38 S&W next to it.

Do I want a tiny tiny framed .32 or is there a 32 short? That is like a BB on multi vitamins, right?


I really don't know what this is? Sorry I did not get the serial number. By the way ignore the price. It is down to $800.00 if I take it.

Any information would be helpful.
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The beauty of the Nickle finish on this .32 caught my eye as I was actual looking at a less lustrous 38 S&W next to it.

Do I want a tiny tiny framed .32 or is there a 32 short? That is like a BB on multi vitamins, right?


I really don't know what this is? Sorry I did not get the serial number. By the way ignore the price. It is down to $800.00 if I take it.

Any information would be helpful.
That appears to be a 32 double-action 3rd model with a 6-inch barrel. In excellent plus condition, the SCSW says $525 with a 25% premium for the barrel. So it's priced a little bit High. The caliber is .32 S&W.

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Thanks for posting and thanks to members who add info .If you buy it come back and let us know .
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If the sn is the 98714 as on the back of the tag, it would be a 32 DA 4th Mod. The 6" barrel is scarce, but not rare and will command a 20-25% premium over a normal 3 or 3 1/2" barrel. I think pricing might be closer to $650 or so.
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Any chance you took a peek at the S&W Letter that's underneath the Revolver?? If not...Would it be possible for you to do so??

I assume not or you wouldn't have asked, but curiosity has gotten the best of me since no one else has inquired about it...Ha!!~Ha!!
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Well, I was looking at it on my smartphone. Missed the rounded trigger guard and the tag that says it's a 5th Model. But the front sight is pinned, not forged. So, it probably is a 4th Model. But, again, they have the historian's letter so I wonder what it says as well. Not that nailing the correct model makes an iota of difference in the value. Unless there's some significant provenance in the letter, it still is overpriced, IMO, by at least $150. This is one of those cases where the gun will be bought by someone at the seller's price. Probably by someone who is thinking "when will I see another one of these in this condition at this price?"
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Here is a blued twin to your nickel 32 DA. I paid $400 3 years ago at auction. What these guns have going against them is that there were 327,641 manufactured and still have a low appeal with the collecting world. The 32 DA and 38 DA remain the lowest valued vintage S&W models out there and the anemic 32 S&W cartridge is another negative.

I certainly would make an offer since you hardly ever see this model with a 6" barrel. These little revolvers are somewhat delicate, so make sure there is no push-off issue with the hammer before making an offer.
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There are a lot a great replies here. Thanks to all.

Masterpiece, The letter under the gun is for another gun.

Glowe, I may not want it as much knowing this: "The 32 DA and 38 DA remain the lowest valued vintage S&W models out there and the anemic 32 S&W cartridge is another negative."

Wiregrassguy, Worth checking: " the tag that says it's a 5th Model. But the front sight is pinned, not forged. So, it probably is a 4th Model."

H_Richard, "The 6" barrel is scarce, but not rare and will command a 20-25% premium over a normal 3 or 3 1/2" barrel. I think pricing might be closer to $650 or so." And to think he was asking $995.

In any event I will let you know what I do.

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Masterpiece, The letter under the gun is for another gun.
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Figured there must have been some sort of extenuating circumstances or you wouldn't have inquired as to what it was...Still thought it was worth asking just in case...Thanks!!
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I think that the seller has priced this gun based on its condition. Computer photos can be misleading but that gun looks drop dead mint on my monitor. There may be 300,000+ out there but I bet there are a lot less in the condition of this gun.

Although I agree with others that the S&W antique market is small and may be getting smaller as younger buyers seem to lean toward the black plastic semi autos, there are still folks that would love to add a gun in that condition to their collection.

Assuming that the gun is not refinished and functions normally, if I saw that gun in a LGS case, I would be tempted to break out my wallet. While I think that the $995 is high, I would probably stretch a little beyond market price based on condition alone.

The questions I usually ask myself are "when was the last time you saw one in that condition?" and "are you willing to let it go for the cost of $_______?". Usually I fill in that blank with, (the cost of a 30 pack) or (the cost of a meal out) or (the cost of a day's pay).

Of course, as one can see, I have an addiction and I am usually willing to feed my addiction within reason.

There is an old adage in gun collecting, "you never pay too much, you just bought the gun too soon".
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