OK solution to the mystery of the contradictory dates: the frame was made in '32, but the original slide was replaced with the national match slide later. Apparently, this particular pistol was intended primarily for target shooting (duh!).
I talked to a dealer/gunsmith today, and it's in fine shape...but he said the ammunition that's intended to be used in it...180 grain wad cutters...is a little hard to find sometimes, although he was able to locate a retailer online that carries it. According to him, to use it with heavier loads would probably necessitate switching out the recoil spring with a heavier duty one.
Anyway, he was of the general opinion that considering the value of the weapon, it was better off left alone as a collector piece rather than something you could go out and shoot on a regular basis.