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Old August 12, 2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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Dan Wesson Model 32 Revolver

I just made a trade that has made me the new owner of a Dan Wesson revolver. It is a 6 shot 32 Magnum and the side of the box says that it is a model 32. The side of the box also mentions interchangable barrels, but my gun only came with the attached 4 inch barrel and there is no room in the box for another barrel so I assume they were sold separately. I haven't been able to find much information on this specific model online. Does anyone know anything about them? The serial number on it is just above 1000 if that tells anything about the age. Any information about this model would be appreciated because I have found very little online. I attached a picture of it to this post.
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Old August 12, 2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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MY DW M732 looks just like that but it SS with a 6" barrel.
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Old August 12, 2012, 02:25 PM   #3
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Have you tried a Google search ? Bunch of stuff on them. DW made revolvers in a lot of calibers and went out of business in the 80's. I have had a chance to buy a few however I don't like their appearance.

here is a forum:

http://www.danwessonforum.com/archive/models-2/

information:

http://www.notpurfect.com/main/dwrev.htm
http://www.danwessonforum.com/archiv...s-2/revolvers/

Model 32 specifically

http://www.lasc.us/RangingShotDWLittlestMagnum.htm

lots more out there

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Old August 12, 2012, 02:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the links. They have answered most of my questions. I've been searching and have yet to find anything over finding the age of the revolver though. It looks like that info just isn't available. I do have one more question though. Everything that I have read says that 32 S&W and 32 S&W Long cartridges can be fired though guns chambered in 32 H&R Magnum, but I have found nothing specific stating the model 32 can fire them safely. Should I just not worry about it and fire the other cartridges through it or is this something that if I don't find specific information on it I shouldn't do? Also, I had $225 in the gun I traded for this revolver. Did I get a good deal on it?
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Old August 12, 2012, 03:04 PM   #5
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I think you got a great deal on the price. DW are very well made revolvers. They have always had quality up there with S&W and Colts.
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Old August 12, 2012, 08:07 PM   #6
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That is a modern gun made for .32 H&R Magnum. There is no doubt, none whatsoever that if it is safe to fire .32 H&R Mag, then it can safely fire .32 S&W and .32 S&W Long.

However, let it be known that in my own personal opinion... there is little reason to do so unless someone dumps a pile of that on you or it's all you can find. Both the .32 S&W and the .32 S&W Long are so light & weak that they almost feel like a misfire when you light them off. No offense intended to any huge fans of those "both feet in the grave" cartridges.

Not that the .32 H&R Mag is a barn-burner... it is not. It can be handloaded to be a barn burner if you so choose.

If I were not a handloader, I'd be looking to swap out that revolver because ammo is likely to be a hassle and pricey. However, since I am an avid handloader -- I'd be measuring the length of that cylinder and punching up Hamilton Bowen on the speed dial and see if he'd be in the mood to ream those chambers to .327 Federal Magnum.

One other option that's even better if you aren't a handloader: Use this revolver as the final straw that makes you become a handloader. It's a fine cartridge to learn on, you'll add a wonderful new dimension to your firearms joy and you'll be able to feed that great wheelgun without breaking the bank.

If you think you'd like to investigate handloading and how to get started, venture over to the Handloading & Reloading area of the site.
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Attention Brass rats and other reloaders: I really need .327 Federal Magnum brass, no lot size too small. Tell me what caliber you need and I'll see what I have to swap. PM me and we'll discuss.
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Old August 13, 2012, 05:15 PM   #7
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Ignore all..it was a good price for a easy shooting revolver with balls.
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Old August 13, 2012, 08:31 PM   #8
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You are a proud owner of one of the rarest of Dan Wesson models. Shrouds (not barrels) from any of the newer Dan Wesson small-frame series will fit. Custom barrels are easily made. (There is a .32-20 barrel/shroud set available on gunbroker right now.) The cylinder is strong enough to handle serious loads (near 40 kpsi) with no problems. My .32-20 handled Paco Kelly loads matching the .30 Carbine. (I sold it when .32-20 brass became hard to get...stupid me.)

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