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Old 05-19-2012, 01:21 AM   #11
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Those needing a little help often sell for $25 to $35 each.

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They are easy to work on and you can still find parts for them. I'll help you if I can and if you don't want them, I'll take them. The reason gun smiths don't want to work on them is because they know very little about them. I've had good gunsmiths call me for advice. A smart man can look at any gun and tell if it can be fired. I fire damascus barrels that meet my inspection. The steel made in the 20 was better that some of this crap they make overseas now.

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Old 05-19-2012, 04:35 PM   #13
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That pistol was built in the 1940`s or 50`s...........What is the serial # ?
Pretty sure that is a modern ammunition pistol.
No, it was manufactured in 1895...I did an extensive check after I bought it and consulted a couple of experts...

There is no serial number. The topstrap is marked as follows:

"Harrington & Richardson Arms Co Worcester Mass USA Pat Oct 4 1887 May 14 89 Feb 23 92"

Please do not read anything into any spelling errors above as I cannot type so Caps, punctuation and locations often discover unique spellings in my posts.
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.38 S&W is sharply divided by Black/smokeless. However, .32 S&W is not, since the current smokeless loads pretty well copy black powder pressures. IF the timing is good, and cylinder locks well at full cock, would go with it. Ref: Serial number- two places to check IF you have not done so already- 1. Remove cylinder, look at the UNDERSIDE of the topstrap, and 2. Remove grips. Many had the SN stamped in the SIDE of the grip area, covered by the grips.

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You called it...under the topstrap...Serial#4315

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Always thought the 32acp was designed with a semi-rimmed case so that it could cross over to the revolvers of the time.
Any opinions on that notion?

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DO NOT attempt to use .32 ACP in a revolver- most ESPECIALLY a top break revolver. The S&W runs about 93 ft lbs, usually with a lead bullet. The ACP about 128 ft lbs, usually with a jacketed bullet (which will up pressures)

John Browning created the .32 ACP- needed the straight case for blowback, tiny rim to feed from a magazine. Hence the "semi-rimmed" case.

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