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Old September 2, 2008, 07:23 PM   #378
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My Great-Grandmother's Very Old S&W 32

I recently inherited my great-grandmother's Smith & Wesson .32 caliber pistol from my father. He is 72 years old, and he inherited it when he was a teenager. He has never shot it. I'm sure it has very little monetary value, but it is the most valuable gun in my collection. I'm a 44 year old mom and feel honored to be the caretaker of her gun.

From what my father said, my great-grandmother carried it all the time, and she was quite a good shot. From the wear pattern, I think she was left-handed (Like me!). The handle is very worn and has very little of the "criss-cross" pattern left.

If anyone can help, I would love to know the approximate date that it was manufactured. It has a 4 digit serial number, 897x, on the bottom of the handle. The 5 1/2" long barrell is marked "32 long ctg." I can find no other markings. It is a 6-shot.

Any other info or insight that you may have would be wonderful.

Can't you just see the old lady with this in her apron pocket?

Thanks for the help.

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