Blessed Again!

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by OldManMontgomery, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. This one goes into my 'cop gun' collection (a rather wide selection of double action revolvers of the 20th Century).

    This one is a Smith & Wesson 1905 Hand Ejector, Third Model, Second Change in caliber .32-20; aka .32 Winchester Centerfire (not to be confused with .32 Winchester Special).

    As far as I can tell from my references, it was made circa 1909 (oddly the birth year of my late Honored Father) and seems to be a worn original. Six and one half inch barrel, somewhat dark in the grooves, nickel plated and seems to be not re-plated (markings pretty crisp; screw heads - uh - 'used'). Has factory mother of Pearl grip panels with S&W logo medallions inset. The grips are not only unbroken, they are are unchipped!

    The serial number is 49xxx, only five digits. If anyone has better date of manufacture, I would be appreciative.
     

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  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    The SN puts it in the range of the 32-20 Hand Ejector Model of 1905 2nd Change- which overlapped the 1st Change. SN range of 33501- 45200, spanning 1906-1909. Page 131, Standard Catalog of S&W.

    BTW, that is a REAL nice revolver you have there. Always thought the 32-20 was a better round than the .38 Special. I worked with a gent that carried one for 30 years- when he retired, the VA legislature passed a bill recognizing his service, and awarding him his revolver and badge.
     

  3. I believe it is a 'Second Change', as the extractor star has the two pin arrangement.

    Thank you sir for that bit of information.