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Old July 16, 2005, 11:47 PM   #1
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Acquired H&R Model 732 .32S&W.L

Just got gun from friend. Was wondering if anyone had any info on this wheelgun. Condition is 99%. The gun has only been fired once, 6 shots total. Markings on gun are:

H&R Model 732
.32cal S&W.L
H&R Inc. Gardner, Mass. USA
Serial # BB017305

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old July 17, 2005, 03:21 AM   #2
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I like them. I bought a S&W M30 in 32 S&W Long years ago. It is nice. I am still hunting for a blue H&R 732 though. They are great little 6 shooters. Excellent value for their prices.
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Old July 17, 2005, 05:17 AM   #3
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Fun guns, inexpensive, trigger pull from hell...
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Old July 17, 2005, 11:36 AM   #4
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Further inquiry

Can anyone give me the manufacturer's website, background info on the company? Seems that locally the .32S&W cartridge is fairly rare. I think it's in the $12 per 50 round range. Am correct in my assumption that this is a DA/SA revolver? Free is a good price, no?
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Old July 17, 2005, 12:02 PM   #5
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Free is my favorite price! It is Double/Single Action. They are listed quite often on gunbroker and auctionarms - seems they sell for about $130 tops.

There doesn't seem to be much of a market for the .32 S&W Long cartridge and they are a bit expensive, and not stocked in a lot of stores. Check out Midway and Cheaperthandirt for internet pricing. The only bullets that I have found are round nose lead.

I have one of these, paid less than $100 for it, I bobbed the hammer and smoothed down the front sight, and turned it into a lightweight little front pocket pistol. I also parkerized it.

Recently I found a pachmyr grip for it, that give it a much better hand-hold, and would be far superior grips for plinking or range shooting, but bulky and heavy for pocket carry. I put the grips on and gave the gun to my wife for her personal use.

I shot it six times, just to be sure it functioned and found it to be recoil free, not very loud and quite accurate. For a penetration test (an unscientific one) I shot one of the rounds through the sidewall of an old tire. It penetrated one sidewall but not the other one - still that would seem to indicate that it would penetrate through normal clothes no problem.
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Old July 17, 2005, 01:54 PM   #6
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Barrel Lengths?

The only one that I saw on gunbroker was a 4" barrel model. Did they make mutiple barrel lengths? Seems that this one is closer to 2". Definately not a 4". Also, anyone find any web address for H&R? Are they still in business?
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Old July 17, 2005, 02:14 PM   #7
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Yes, they did come in at least 2 and 4 inch barrel lengths. Mine is a 2 inch barrel, and I have seen 4 inch barrels and I think I saw a 6 inch barrel, but that may have been an H&R .22.

Here is a bit of history on H&R I copied off a website:

The Harrington & Richardson (H&R) gun company dates back to 1871, when it was founded as Wesson & Harrington. For over 100 years H&R manufactured inexpensive handguns, shotguns, and rifles. In the 1980's the old H&R Company fell on hard times, and in January of 1986 they went out of business.

H&R 1871, Inc. was formed in 1991 and manufactured double action revolvers and break-open rifles and shotguns of basic H&R design. Revolver production ceased in 1999. In 2000 Marlin purchased H&R 1871, also acquiring the New England Firearms and Wesson & Harrington trademarks.

I also found this website for H&R/New England Firearms although I don't think you will find it of much help with their previous incarnation:
http://www.hr1871.com/
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Old July 17, 2005, 06:58 PM   #8
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Can anyone tell me how old?

Given the serial # above, can anyone tell me when my little 2" 732 was manufactured? Appreciate the info so far.
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Old August 15, 2005, 12:51 PM   #9
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H&R 32 Model 732

I also have a H&R 32 Model 732 with a 2" barrel. I bought it in late 1981 at a pawn shop in Houston. The ser# on it is AX083609. I have been trying to find out all the information I can about this little pistol. I really enjoy shooting it. I am also having a hard time finding the 32S&W Long bullets for it.
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Old August 15, 2005, 01:28 PM   #10
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You may want to start a thread on this on another portion of this forum. Go to Harley Nolden's Institute for Firearms Research and ask there - that portion is dedicated to just such questions and you are more likely to get an answer there than here.

Good luck!
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Old August 15, 2005, 03:50 PM   #11
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To Tom 44

The only place in town here in Albuquerque to get .32S&W long ammo is Sportsman's Warehouse. The Federal LRN's run abour $6.50 for 20, and the LWC's run $6.99 for 20 (yeah the wadcutters are more expensive...go figure!). Anyways. I was able to find some Miwall reloads online for about $5.99 for 50 of LRN's...considerably cheaper than what I have been able to procure thus far. After I shoot the damn thing (haven't shot it yet...too broke right now) I may consider ordering some of the Miwalls. Your mileage may vary, but I would suggest looking online for a retailer that will sell reloaded .32S&W longs. Wish this 732 was in .32H&R Mag. Oh well! Still Free!
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Old March 23, 2006, 11:23 AM   #12
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h&r .32 s&w long

I just pick up one on a partial trade and decided to look around and see if these things are safe. I t looks well cared for and bluing is still i'd say 92% + Called a dealer near me here san antonio and darn those rds are expensive. $19.00+ for a damn box of 25!! I think i may buy one box and put this litle one away!! wish i had access to the shops u guys are refering to on that 12.00 per 50 rd box!!!
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Old March 23, 2006, 12:06 PM   #13
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I have a 733 which is the brushed crome version 0f the blue 732. I took it to the range and fired 18 round S&W 32 longs and 12 S&W (shorts) I could not tell much difference in the recail from the longs and (shorts). No miss fires. I like it. Ammo at the range was 22.00 a box for longs or (shorts). The only thing I do not like is the price of the ammo over the counter. I paid 93.00 because it was slow mover due cost of ammo. 2 1/2 inch barrel, AUXXXXX, made 1984. It also has a transfer bar and swing out cylinder. Allmost a S&W, BUT NOT THAT GOOD.
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Old March 23, 2006, 02:42 PM   #14
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Ammo for .32 S&W long

Hey, I don't know where you guys are shopping, but I got 32 S&W Longs from Cheaper Than Dirt ( http://www.cheaperthandirt.com ) and Natchez ( http://www.natchezss.com )for a lot less than you paid.


Obviously you need to bundle your purchase to make the shipping worth it.

PS : they carry 32 H&R Mag for the guy looking for that, too.
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Old March 26, 2006, 01:35 PM   #15
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733 H&R Chrome .32 SW Long 4 inch barrell

Got mine free from my nephew. It's in 98% condition. I have shot this gun very little due to the cost of the ammo. It cost about $19.00 for 50 rounds. Since I live in Ma and internet sales are prohibited, I can't afford to shoot this gun as much as i would like to. It's built well has no recoil. Great addition to my small collection.
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Old March 26, 2006, 03:56 PM   #16
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My aunt gave me one many years ago when she retired from Hopkins and left Baltimore. Let's see, she's 88 and retired in...nevermind...a long time ago. It had a 2.5" barrel and I hated it - mostly because of the terrible trigger pull. After nearly ten years I found somebody willing to give me $50 for it. I didn't like him so I didn't feel too bad about taking his money.

I believe they started making them in 1958.

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Old March 26, 2006, 07:09 PM   #17
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Trigger pull

The trigger pull is a little hard in DA. So i usally shoot mine in SA and find it hits what I point at. A couple of weeks ago I bought 30 rounds of .32 for $5.00.
A gun shop owner had a partial box opened and sold me what he had left.
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Old January 10, 2009, 12:33 PM   #18
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H&r 32 Model 732

i recently purchased a an all black H&R 32 S&W long model 732 single action rev. 2 1/2 in. barrel and i would like to know about when it was made the first two letters of the serial #AU any info would be nice.
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Old January 10, 2009, 02:05 PM   #19
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I saw a LNIB 2.5" 632 yesterday at my fav local gun store for $99. I may swing back next week and pick it up. H&R made soild, hardworking reliable little revolvers. I have read that .32acp works in .32 revolvers...can anyone confirm this?
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Old January 10, 2009, 02:30 PM   #20
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.32 ACP should work fine, but you need to try it in your gun to make sure.
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Old January 10, 2009, 02:50 PM   #21
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hmmm...maybe buffalobore's .32acp +P 75gr Cast FN and the little H&R 632 might make an interesting combo. If that doesnt pan out, the fall back might be fiocchi's 100gr WC.
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Old January 10, 2009, 03:02 PM   #22
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You fellows need to reload. You can get about 5,000 rounds out of a pound of powder with the .32 S&W, either long or standard. Once you get a supply of brass and some cast bullets, it will almost be as cheap as shooting a .22.
500 empty cases from Starline will cost you $72.80, or 1,000 for $127.25.
1 pound of powder will set you back an average of $20 nationally.
A box of 500 cast lead bullets at Midway will cost you about $45 even.(90 p/1000)
A brick of 1,000 primers will cost an average of $30

So lets total this up.
4.00-powder=1,000 rounds (20.00 per pound/5000 rounds average per pound)
90.00-1,000 bullets
127.25-1,000 pcs. brass
30.00 average price of primers
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$251.25 plus shipping and any tax=1,000 rounds of loaded ammo
251.25/1,000=.2513 per round 100 rounds =$25.13

These are just average prices done by a quick check, not looking for the best prices. Remember that once you obtain brass you can get up to 20 rounds out of each case if you are careful in your handloading practices. That brings prices down to .124 each round or $12.40 per 100 after initial purchase of brass.

Something to think about.
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Old January 11, 2009, 10:05 PM   #23
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I also have a 732 2.5" barrel. 32acp works fine in it but accuracy suffers a bit (so what, it's a close range gun anyway). Shooting 32swl is a better idea though. 32acp is a bit higher pressure than 32swl, but the solid frame of the 732 is ok with it. 32acp bullets are .311 to .312 diameter and are usually jacketed, where 32swl are .314 to .315 and usually lead (hence the slight accuracy issue when shooting smaller jacketed bullets). Many 32swl Long revolvers have a break top. I wouldn't shoot 32 acp in one of those.

Definitely +1 on reloading. I bought 4 boxes of .prvi 32 swl LRN ammo from AIM Surplus (they're out at the moment) and reload that brass. Not much more expensive than getting your brass new. Mastercastbullets.com sells great DEWC lead bullets that have worked perfectly for me. Mike will size them at .315 for you and they're $35 for a 1000 (very decent accuracy, I have to order more). They are about half the cost of the bullets in the previous post. DEWC's make a nice hole in a target and are a better defense round than HP ammo that will probably not expand from these little revolvers anyway.

I found the following year of manufacture info for H&R guns on another forum:

Year starting S.N. Prefix
1940 A
1941 B
1942 C
1943 D
1944 E
1945 F
1946 G
1947 H
1948 I
1949 J
1950 K
1951 L
1952 M
1953 N
1954 P
1955 R
1956 S
1957 T
1958 U
1958 V
1960 W
1961 X
1962 Y
1963 Z
1964 AA
1965 AB
1966 AC
1967 AD
1968 AE
1969 AF
1970 AG
1971 AH(snap on foecap)
1972 AJ
1973 AL
1974 AM
1975 AN
1976 AP
1977 AR
1978 AS
1979 AT
1980 AU
1981 AV
1982 AW
1983 AX
1984 AY
1985 AZ

Second letter of prefix
A= 1986
B= 1987
C= 1988
D= 1989
E= 1990
F= 1991
G= 1992
H= 1993
I= 1994
J= 1995
k= 1996
L=1997
M=1998
N=1999
P=2000
R=2001
S=2002
T=2003
U=2004
V=2005
W=2006
X=2007
Y=2008 serial number prefixes changed in May 2008, CBA for SB2 and CAC for SB1
?=2009
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Old January 14, 2009, 03:10 PM   #24
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32 auto

my H&R 32 S&W L. has never had a problem fireing shorts or longs but i bought a box of auto and out of 6 shots only 4 fired. The firing pin only made little dents in the ones that did not fire. Is this because of the shells?
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Old January 14, 2009, 03:14 PM   #25
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32 auto is NOT for that gun at all - it is for something more like a Walther, or Keltec
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