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Old November 25, 2011, 06:09 PM   #1
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32-20 Colt Revolver

Father in law has a Colt Police Positive in 32-20 caliber.
Patent date 1905 is faintly visible on barrel.

It looks to be in good shape...
any ideas on value and availability of ammunition?

He will probobly keep it in his safe and not shoot it but just wondered if the ammo is still made.

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Old November 25, 2011, 06:40 PM   #2
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With that pat. date probably a 1st issue, as to price condition is everything and a description of good shape I can't help with Post good clear pics and you will probably get a good ball park other wise Best I can say is any place form $300.00 to a $600-700.00. Ammunition is still being loaded for the cowboy action shooters but I have no idea who may carry it or how much.
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Old November 26, 2011, 10:00 AM   #3
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He dragged it out at Thanksgiving and I unloaded it and listened to the cocking action, very crisp and a light clean trigger...alas no pics. But thank you so much for the info. I will pass it on and see if he wants to take pics and find out more.

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Old November 28, 2011, 01:34 PM   #4
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Have a S&W in same cal. Ammo is available, but hard to find and pricey. I just recieved 500 cases for reloading. I only reload for my rifle, a Marlin model 94 made in 1904. My pistol as well as your Colt should only use very weak factory loads. If I remember correctly I bought a box of Winchester factory 32-20 4 or 5 years ago and paid somewhere in the mid to high $30 range.
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Old November 28, 2011, 02:30 PM   #5
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The cal of the gun is also called "32 wcf". The name "32-20" was popular with companies such as Marlin who did not want "WCF" to be on their guns much the same way Colts are "38 special" and "357 magnum" while S&Ws are "38 S&W special" and "357 S&W magnum", etc.

The gun is also technically a Police Positive Special which was made to handle the 32-20 and the 38 special. Earlier PPs were 22lr, 22wrf, 38 S&W (colt had a different name), 32 S&W (colt had another name). I'm not sure when the Police Positive Special was introduced, but IIRC it was in the 1920s. The PPS is also the Colt D frame, which handles 38 special.
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Old November 30, 2011, 08:04 AM   #6
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I knew it

Father in law wondered if I couold find anything out....hahahaha!
Man this forum is THE SOURCE for quick info on Firearms and related items.

Thanks Guys for all your input!!!

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