Smith & Wesson Model 30-1

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by bikerlbf406, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    Well I just put a Smith & Wesson model 30-1 on lay a way today. For those unfamiliar with the gun, it is a .32 S&W long 6 shot revolver that was made between 1948-1976 and came in either blue or nickel and in 1961 they changed from a I frame to the J frame and called it 30-1 instead of just model 30. They came with different barrel lengths, although I haven't measured mine by looking at it I would say its the shortest they came which is a 2 inch, mine is also blued, not nickel, and by serial number I believe it to be from 1969. Here are some pictures, I know they're not the greatest pics, but I took them with my cell phone. Pictures really don't do the gun justice, as it is between 90-95% overall condition.
     

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  2. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Not that it matters but they had 1 7/8" barrels. The .32 S&W fired from a short barrel is accurate but lacking in power. The Colt PP in .32 S&W was popular long ago. They are fun to shoot.
     

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  3. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    I read up on the model but the best I could and I thought this particular model was 2" was the shortest barrel, I could be wrong though it wouldn't be the first time. I'm just assuming my barrel is a 2" by looks, I could be wrong on what size mine is. When I do get it home, probably won't be for 3-4 months I'll measure it and know for fact what barrel size mine is. May not be the most powerful round, but I bought it mainly for target use only, not as a carry gun or home defense, though I suppose if I wanted to or needed to I could carry it or use it for home defense....you put 6 holes of .32 in to someone and I'm sure it will stop them.
     
  4. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Nice looking little Smith.
     
  5. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I agree, looks nice. Good job.
     
  6. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    Well there was a shift on my finances, and I was able to get the gun paid off sooner. I paid it off Friday, and since Illinois has the mandatory 72 hour wait, I get to pick it up Monday. I will measure the barrel as well as post some better pictures of it once I get it home. Hope to make it to the gun range which in a week to try out not only the lovely S&W here, but the other new guns I've bought in the past couple months and haven't had a chance to try out yet.
     
  7. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    I just posted better pics of it under the Revolvers section.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Very nice little S&W! I picked up an older version in .32 long last year- 3 inch bbl, I frame (from 1903). They are surprisingly accurate with wadcutter loads.
     
  9. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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  10. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    Thanks JW357 for posting the link to the other post, didn't even think of that. I hope to get me some different finger grooved grips for it before long. Something that I think will make the grip a little more comfortable.