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Old 01-29-2013, 02:52 AM
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Default S&W Mod. 31-1 (Cal. .32 S&W long)

Hi! I was able to buy here in Germany such a revolver for 50$ (!) in perfect condition. But now I've to ask myself what I did buy!?
My revolver ist a 2" snubnose with a six-shot-cylinder.
Inside the j-frame it is marked: Mod. 31-1
BUT it is not a blued model, it is a stainless-steel model!
In the S&W catalogue the Mod. 31-1 is only described as blued model...
Can anybody tell me?
If I knew how, I would share some pics with you...
Thx for your help
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...until now I did guess, that all model-numbers of S&W stainless steel models do start with a "6"
So the mod. 60, mod. 64, mod. 66, mod. 686 and so on...

Why doesn't the mod. 31-1???
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One of two things has happened... either you have a nickel plated Model 31-1 that is frosted to look like stainless or somebody at the factory mis-marked a 631 as a 31-1. Are you sure it's not a matte finish nickel plate? Either way, for $50 US or even 50 euros, you got a bargain. Enjoy it.

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Most likely you have a model 31-1 that has been Industrial Hard Chromed. It is almost indistinguishable from stainless in appearance at times and wears very well. But if the model stamping is correct ( and it should be since the much newer stainless version was for the .32 H&R Magnum and the model number preceded with a "6") and the barrel says .32 S&W Long, it's not stainless.
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Shoot it in good health. The .32 S&W Long is an inherently accurate and fun cartridge.

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probably some good pictures will help more.
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Here is a Model 631. Note that the barrel is marked .32 Magnum, while yours is marked .32 S&W Long. I agree with others that you probably have a Model 31-1 that has been refinished or plated. Regardless, the .32 Long is a great cartridge, and with only $50 in the gun you have a lot of money left over for ammo
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