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S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 All 5-Screw & Vintage 4-Screw SWING-OUT Cylinder REVOLVERS, and the 35 Autos and 32 Autos


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Old 03-31-2016, 08:57 PM
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I just rescued this gun from my nutty father in law. He thought it was a good idea for a 90 year-old to have a 113-year old gun for protection.
From what I've read here this is very low serial # revolver. Thoughts? (Trying to add pics in replies.

Specs:
.32 S&W Long, CTG
-Bottom of grip S # 324
6 round, fluted cylinder
4 ¼ in. barrel
blue
black rubber grips
-Under yoke has # 11181 (but no model or letter-likely a production stamp)

-Barrel has all the usual patent info; the last one listed is: Dec 17, 01. (Looks important since most online listings have 1909 and later patents)

From looking online at blue book, it looks like a .32 HAND EJECTOR SECOND MODEL (MODEL OF 1903) - 19,425 mfg. from 1903-1904. Serial range 1-19425

Condition:
-The grips are cracked, but the double-action works fine.
-Most of the bluing is worn off, and I’d never risk putting a round through it (Some kind of green mold looking stuff down the barrel, and barely any rifling showing)
-There’s a ziplock bag with 40 rounds of Remington “smokeless” lead 32 cal, 88gr, circa 1960s with it. Ready for the zombie apocalypse I guess
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:04 PM
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That is a M1903, no change, revolver. Although externally it looks very similar to later M1903 guns, the internal parts are entirely different and not interchangeable. The last time I saw one of those combination trigger/rebound/hand springs for sale, it listed for 100 bucks, so don't break anything.
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Yep, I believe you did a good job identifying it yourself. It is indeed a Model 1903 no-change, the first iteration of this model and the second model of the .32 hand ejector after the Model 1896. Yours would have been made definitely in 1903 with that serial; I have 67xx which shipped in September 1903. I'm not much of a collector of these, but I got mine a few years ago for less than $300 if I recall correctly, and in the condition yours is in, don't expect a lot of value. I've also been warned not to break any internal parts since the next change in the model changed a lot internally, and parts for this model are hard to come by.
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Thanks Guys. I never expected any value, except historically. It's cool to have a 3 digit s#, in any case.
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Try cleaning it. The green funk is probably really old copper fouling... I am really developing a thing for the "turn of the last century" guns...I really like that.
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