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Buggyman
2008-07-03, 16:38
This isn't really hiking related, but Sgt Rock was asking about a 22 cal pistol a couple of weeks ago and it reminded me of an old gun that I have in the closet. It's a Smith and Wesson nickle plated single action 32 cal without a trigger guard, top break, 3 and 1/2 inch barrel and some kind of black checkered plastic looking material on the handle. It was originally owned by a relative of mine who was in the Civil War, but it doesn't go back that far because "pat'd APR 20 '75" is inscribed on top of the barrel. The serial number is 3230. I've looked on the internet and the closest I can find is a Smith and Wesson #2, but none of the pictures seem to look exactly like what I have. It's still in pretty good shape in the original box and doesn't appear to ever have been fired. Does anyone know of a good site for identifying old guns?

SGT Rock
2008-07-04, 06:30
Got a picture?

Mutinousdoug
2008-07-04, 14:18
If it is a .32 single action with a "spur" trigger then it is likely a S&W model 1 1/2 "Single Action" or "Centerfire", manufactured between 1878 and 1892. The sernos ranged from 1-97574 so yours would be an early one. This info comes from the "Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson" but no mention of your Apr 20 '75 patent date is made.
You might try the "smith-wessonforum.com" site for information but without a picture they will probably refer you to the SCofS&W above.
HTH

Doug

Ron Haven
2008-07-05, 21:03
If it is a .32 single action with a "spur" trigger then it is likely a S&W model 1 1/2 "Single Action" or "Centerfire", manufactured between 1878 and 1892. The sernos ranged from 1-97574 so yours would be an early one. This info comes from the "Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson" but no mention of your Apr 20 '75 patent date is made.
You might try the "smith-wessonforum.com" site for information but without a picture they will probably refer you to the SCofS&W above.
HTH

DougSarg,It is a model 1 or a model 1 1/2

http://www.gunsamerica.com/983024149/Guns-For-Sale/Gun-Auctions/Pistols/Smith-Wesson-Revolvers/Pre-1899/S_W_MODEL_1_1_2_32.htm

http://www.gunsamerica.com/976999135/Guns-For-Sale/Gun-Auctions/Pistols/Smith-Wesson-Revolvers/Pre-1899/S_W_Model_1_3rd_issue_Free_Shipping.htm

http://www.gunsamerica.com/976985860/Guns-For-Sale/Gun-Auctions/Pistols/Smith-Wesson-Revolvers/Pre-1899/S_W_Model_1_2nd_Issue_22_Blackpowder_VG_Mfg_ca_186 5.htm