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I have come across a 1903 S&W HE, dont know much about them and could use a lesson on them before buying one. Owner states it has a 03 build date with a six inch barrel in 32 long. I would think that this was in the days of excellent workmanship at S&W. Any helpful info on these firearms would be greatly appreciated!
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Here is what the Standard Catalog of S&W, fourth edition has to say

.32 Hand Ejector Model of 1903 (. 32 Hand Ejector, 2nd Model) Caliber .32 S& W Long , double-action revolver built on the round butt I frame, with 5 screws, 3-1/ 4, 4-1 /4 or 6-inch round barrel lengths , blue or nickel finish, round butt or extension type square buttstock of checkered black hard rubber with S& W monograms, service or target sights, round blade front sight forged into the barrel. This is the first model to have a locking lug for the extractor rod under the barrel, also appears to be the first model with a pinned barrel, the cylinder stop is also moved to the center of the
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1250 750 500 350

Also Hondo44 is an expert on these guns and should be along shortly to tell you more.

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Here is a Model 1903, 32 caliber Hand Ejector with a 3 1/4 barrel. Not from 1903 but maybe dozen years later. Possibly my favorite smallbore revolver.

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Without a serial number, it is impossible to venture a guess as to when the gun in question was shipped. My oldest one is a Model of 1903 1st Change, serial number 506xx and was shipped in 1906. It has a 4 1/4" barrel. 6" barrels are seen less often. If you get one, I can assure you that there will be more of them in your future. They are really fun guns.
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Here is a Model 1903, 32 caliber Hand Ejector with a 3 1/4 barrel. Not from 1903 but maybe dozen years later. Possibly my favorite smallbore revolver.

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Kevin,

I wound up with a 1919'ish example not too long ago.

I bought it "for the wife".

Without a frame of reference it's hard to tell just how tiny they really are.
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Kevin,...Without a frame of reference it's hard to tell just how tiny they really are...
Just going on a 10 day business trip. When I get back, Ill post a photo with my hat for scale.

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Just going on a 10 day business trip. When I get back, Ill post a photo with my hat for scale.

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Heck, you could easily fit it under your hat!
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I wound up with a 1919'ish example not too long ago.



I bought it "for the wife".



Without a frame of reference it's hard to tell just how tiny they really are.
funny, a few weeks ago my impulse buy .32 Regulation Police (circa 1918) was also "for my wife". She was disappointed that it's not "pink". Oh well...


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Heck, you could easily fit it under your hat!
Here is a photograph I have handy. My every day summer hat with my EDC piece, a 4 N frame.

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Here is some size prospective. The I frame flat latch has a 3" barrel and is just above the tiny M frame lady Smith. Above and left is a K frame model 19. Directly above is an J frame 38 special
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They do represent the very impressive craftsmanship of early 20th century Smith and Wessons. The 6 " barrel is much less common than the shorter lengths.

We can't confirm or deny the vintage or specific variation of its evolution w/o a serial # from the grip butt and a photo. From 1896 when the 1st .32 Hand Ejector I frame and the new .32 Long cartridge were introduced together, the next ~20 years included some large and many small improvements.

That particular gun to be from 1903, could be in the serial range of 1 to 19712 and be a .32 Hand Ejector Model 1896, i.e., 1st Model.



Or could be in the serial # range of 1 to 19425 and be a .32 HE Model of 1903, i.e., 2nd Model. And look more like kscharlie's, above:

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