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I got it when my dad passed away and he got it from his dad. It doesn't have a model number on it. The serial number is 44085. It's a 32-20 marked 32 winchester CTG on the barrel. It has a 4" barrel, fixed sights, it has a strain screw, no swivel and it's a 5 screw frame. Any info on this pistol would be great. Yes, I know about the grips. My grandfather made them so it would fit his hand better. If anyone has any information on where I can buy a set for it would be great too.

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Welcome to the Forum. You have what i would call a 32/20 Model 1902, Second Change revolver shipped from the factory around 1909. In the early years of the K frame hand ejectors, the company called the round butt models 1902 and the square butt models 1905. The caliber was originally 32 Winchester Centerfire, but S&W obviously did not like stamping the word "Winchester" on their revolvers, so the 32 WCF and 32/20 stamping was eventually made standard on later guns.

Since you have a standard round butt K frame revolver, there are many original black hard rubber stocks sold through ebay. The round butt stocks on both the 38 Special and 32/20 models should fit fine. Vintage Gun Grips also sells reproductions, but they require fitting and by the time you buy the screw sets, the prices for original slightly worn stocks are about the same on ebay.
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Almost certainly, yours would have shipped in 1909. I show one having a SN about 2000 earlier than yours which shipped in December 2008. In case you were not aware, the .32-20 K-frame revolvers were serial numbered separately from those chambered in .38 Special. .32-20 revolvers are numerically much less common than those in .38 Special. Unfortunately, .32-20 ammo is somewhat more difficult to come by (and more expensive) than .38 Special.
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Welcome to the Forum. That is a nice piece of family history. It looks as if your Grandfather knew a little bit about working wood. I think I would leave his grips on it just because he made them.
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Thanks for all of the help. I really do appreciate it. Just wondering though about the estimated value? Any Ideas on that? My youngest son wants to know because the gun is his now. Also, it's great to see so many fellow veterans on here.
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I rather like the grips.
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Thanks for all of the help. I really do appreciate it. Just wondering though about the estimated value? Any Ideas on that? My youngest son wants to know because the gun is his now. Also, it's great to see so many fellow veterans on here.
Looking just at your pictures, the finish looks to be mostly gone, but the metal looks smooth without pitting or excessive wear. Without the original stocks and the loss of finish, you should be able to buy one like your 32/20 for around $250 - $300 today.
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