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Old April 9, 2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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need help identifying this smith and wesson revolver

It's a break top, maybe .32 cal ,6 shot revolver. SERIAL NUMBER 87207 and has a date stamped on top near the break open mechanism of 18 december 1877. ant assistance is greatly appreciated.
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Old April 9, 2011, 09:57 PM   #2
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If it is double action and has a concealed hammer, it is the .32 Safety, First Model, 1888-1902; about 91,417 made of that variation.

If it is double action and has an exposed hammer, it is the .32 Double Action, Fourth Model, made from 1883-1909 with some 239,000 made of that variation.

If it is single action, with no trigger guard, it is the Model 1 1/2 Single Action, 1876-1892, about 97,500 made.

No value can be given without pictures to determine condition.

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Old April 18, 2011, 02:17 PM   #3
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Not quite Mr Keenan,

All of the revolvers you mention are 5 shot. The OP says the gun is a 6 shot.

My guess? Being a 6 shot 32 cal top break, and S&W made, limits it to pretty much a New model 3 or New model 3 target, which were made in 32 S&W, 32/44, and 320 revolving rifle. Any of these are quite rare today.

If its a 38 instead of a 32 (common confusion) then it could be a 38 Winchester Double action (38-40) or still a New model 3. Rare still.

The other possibility is that its not a S&W at all, but marked "32 S&W" or "38 S&W" as the caliber designation instead of the model. Common.

We do need pics, as Mr. Keenan pointed out.
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Old April 18, 2011, 06:49 PM   #4
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My goof, but not quite on the NM #3 either. Neither the NM #3 or NM #3 Target serials ever went that high. I also wonder if it is really an S&W.

We need pictures.

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Old April 19, 2011, 01:38 PM   #5
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My goof, but not quite on the NM #3 either. Neither the NM #3 or NM #3 Target serials ever went that high. I also wonder if it is really an S&W.
And that would be my goof. I didn't check the given SN against the actual ranges of my "hypothesis guns".
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Old April 20, 2011, 03:35 PM   #6
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Hi, Winchester 73,

Not my first nor my last goof, and I bet not yours either.

I once worked with a guy who kept being praised by the boss for not making mistakes. Finally, another worker blew up and shouted, "Of course he doesn't make mistakes, he sits on his a$$ and never does anything!!"

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