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jamez 10-14-2009 08:12 PM

32 S&W revolver
I have a 32 S&W, revolver, made by H&R, circa 1920-30's, I suspect,
Octogon, 2 in barrel.
Good condition.

can this gun be safely fired with todays ammo?????

robocop10mm 10-14-2009 08:23 PM

It would be imprudent to give an opinion about the safety of a firearm sight unseen. For an informed opinion, consult with a competent gunsmith.

The .38 S&W cartridge is NOT the same as the .38 S&W Special. The .38 Special is loaded to much higher pressures. The .38 Special cartridge "may" fit in the gun but would definately be unsafe to fire in the gun.

H&R made utilitarian top break revolvers loosly based on the S&W designs of the late 1800's. These top break revolvers are no where near as strong as a modern solid frame revolver.

For the most part such guns are better relegated to gathering dust.

jamez 10-14-2009 08:38 PM

32 s&w
CORRECTION>>>> My gun is a 32 S&W,,, solid frame.

robocop10mm 10-15-2009 05:43 PM

That does make a difference, but you should still have it checked by a competant gunsmith.

c3shooter 10-16-2009 01:14 AM

OK--- TWO ifs.

First- IF the gun is in good condition (no internal rust, timing good, forcing cone not cracked, cylinder gap within specs, etc etc etc-


If the gun is from the 1920s era-

Yes-right at the turn of the century was the change from BLACK POWDER 32 S&W to SMOKELESS powder. 20 years later, they were fully in the smokeless mode. Factory .32 S&W is fairly mild.

BTW- these were utility grade revolvers when NEW- and they are now almost a century old- so have a competent smith look it over. I can't do it for you remotely, as my crystal ball had to go back to the shop for recalibration.

WILDCATT 11-18-2009 12:08 AM

I grew up with those revolvers,they were very common in my day.I have a couple H&R and Iver break actions and a smith and am working on a 32 S&W spur trigger.
some one did not read his post he has a solid frame.2" hex barrel.they dont come on break actions.If it indexes it should be alright.I had a meriden arms and had to hold trigger back and turn cylinder by hand.thumb cocked it and let go.:rolleyes:

Spikey614 03-29-2010 08:47 PM

I have a Nickel plated (30%) Andrew&Fryberg Co. Break top 38 S&W, 3.5" bbl that was found in my Grand Fathers belonging after he passed. I can tell it was carried by a left hander inside the pants quite a bit due to the loss of plating on the left side.

I am assuming it is a 38 S&W because 38spl fit in the cylinder. I did that only to check if it was a 38S&W. After CLP'ing the whole revolver the mechanic's work fine. I will never fire the revolver because it is so old and I don't trust it.

This was to belong to my Grand Father's uncle way back in the early 1900's. There is an old photo of him wearing what looks like a S&W Model 4 Break top revolver in a holster and this revolver in his waist band. Also so sort of Winchester type rifle. Taken in San Francisco in 1903ish. I can't read the date well enough to tell.

I was told he wasn't a very nice guy and left his wife in Indiana to dig for gold in Northern CA. were we still own some family land. Or so I'm told.

Anyway still Way Cool to have this revolver.

c3shooter 03-30-2010 01:54 AM

Spikey- 38 S&W is a fatter cartridge (and shorter) than .38 Special. .38 S&W really IS a .38 bullet- .38 SPECIAL is a .357 bullet. I just flipped thru one of my references- there are TWELVE different revolver cartridges that have "38" in their name- most do not interchange. PLEASE do not shoot your revolver with anything until a competent smith takes a look, and lets you know what to feed it. .38 Special came out in about 1899, and guns in the early 1900s were usually marked with the full name of the cartridge- 38 S&W Special Ctge.

BTW, that should be Andrew Freyberg & Co- Hopkintown Mass- form about 1905 and later.

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