S&W 32 CTG Hammerless

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by gunnut78, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. gunnut78

    gunnut78 New Member

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    Just acquired a S&W .32 CTG Hammerless nickel revolver. It's in beautiful condition! With only a little research online I found it's been called the "lemon squeezer". Does anyone know anything about these? Date of manufacture, what kind of ammo it can shoot, and anything else you might know? The serial # is 109015.
     

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  2. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    Do a search for "lemon squeezer ' on this site and read alot about them.
     

  3. zombieresponder

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    If I'm looking at the Standard Catalog of S&W correctly, that is a .32 Safety Hammerless 2nd Model. Made between 1902 and 1909. It's chambered for the .32 S&W short. I wouldn't shoot it, but that's me. The top break designs aren't very strong, and usually start showing wear quickly. The next big reason is the nickel finish. It's very uncommon to see a gun of that vintage(or newer, for that matter) with an intact nickel plate finish....which leads me to pointing out the possibility of it having been refinished. If it is original, you've got a nice gun worth a few hundred bucks, maybe more at auction though.
     
  4. gunnut78

    gunnut78 New Member

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    Thank you for the info. I had someone else tell me the same thing. How can I tell if it's original or been refinished?
     
  5. BillDeShivs

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    Post better pictures, including markings on the top of the barrel.
     
  6. gunnut78

    gunnut78 New Member

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    Here are some more pics of my .32 Hammerless, sorry it took so long. :)
     

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  7. HOSSFLY

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    Lettering looks to sharp to me to be a refinsh job- Nicest one i've seen :cool:
    They are pretty popualar with Cowboy action shooters as "pocket guns" :)
     
  8. hiwall

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    I agree with HOSSFLY. Looks original.
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    In that condition, It is way too valuable to mess with. You have a nice collectible piece there.
     
  10. crazycharlie2

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    Doesn't look like a refinish. How's the bore look?
    Use a silicone treated cloth to preserve the finish.
     
  11. SatoriNoir

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    A note on ammo, S&W .32 is a hard one to find in stock or available to buy.

    The lemon squeezer revolver will not accept the more common S&W .32 Long, so don't be tempted to try and squeeze that round in!
     
  12. BillDeShivs

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    It's original nickel.
     
  13. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I had a refinished one years ago. The lettering was no where near that sharp. Got to be original.
     
  14. gunnut78

    gunnut78 New Member

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    Thank you all for your info! I don't plan on shooting it. I would like to find an original box for it. So if any of you know where I can find one, please let me know. I am also wondering where I can find a value on this piece? I knew it was a nice piece when I saw it. I got it for a really good price. :)
     
  15. HOSSFLY

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    Try Ebay on a box-
    As for expert S&W stuff ask here -Dont usually send folks elsewhere but thats a real nice Smith :)
    http://smith-wessonforum.com/forum.php
    If you were close i'd give you some ammo--
     
  16. monet61

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    Here's a couple. Nickle one is 1st Model. Don't remember for sure, but think the rusty one is a 2nd. They both shoot S&W .32 just fine. Hope you enjoy yours.
     

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