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WTS OR Hopkins & Allen XL Bulldog w/ Folding Hammer

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Classifieds' started by nanodeutsch, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. nanodeutsch

    nanodeutsch Oregon City, OR Active Member

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    Hopkins & Allen XL Bulldog in .32 Auto Centerfire. 3 inch barrel. 6 round capacity. Nickel finish in good shape considering the age of the firearm. $300

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  2. Tastes like Chicken

    Tastes like Chicken Portland Member

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    Are you sure that's 32 ACP and not 32 S&W?

    32 ACP will fit in a gun chambered for 32 S&W but should not be shot in it, do to higher chamber pressure.
     
  3. nanodeutsch

    nanodeutsch Oregon City, OR Active Member

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    That is a great question. I'm not sure. The only marking on the gun is on top and it reads "32 Centerfire." Based on other guns I am finding I think it might actually be 32 S&W.
     
  4. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    The .32 S&W cartridge is a rimmed shell, while the .32 ACP (.32 Auto) is rimless.
    This revolver, I believe, requires a shell with a rim, to hold things in place while shooting is going on. If you put a rimless shell into it, the cartridge will slide too deeply into its chamber, the pistol's firing pin won't reach it, and it won't go "BANG!"
     
  5. Tastes like Chicken

    Tastes like Chicken Portland Member

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    Actually the 32 acp is semi rimmed (as is the 25 acp).
     
  6. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    I sit corrected, but the concept should apply. I strongly suspect (but do not know) it is S&W .32
     
  7. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Is it a S&W long or short cartridge?
     
  8. nanodeutsch

    nanodeutsch Oregon City, OR Active Member

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    I really do not know. The gun is inherited. I have never shot it. It simply say 32 Centerfire on top of it. I do believe it is 32 S&W but I didn't even know it was such a thing as long or short.
     
  9. pdxPope

    pdxPope East Multnomah Co. (the DMZ) Member

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    My guess is .32 S&W short (actually, just called '.32 S&W'); I would also highly suspect the gun was designed for black powder, or very early smokeless.
     
  10. madman48

    madman48 Vancouver,WA Member

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    Still have this?
     
  11. nanodeutsch

    nanodeutsch Oregon City, OR Active Member

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    Yes, I do.
     
  12. Old Gun Owner

    Old Gun Owner Vancouver, WA New Member

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    I have an H&A .32S&W in like new condition, in fact I have 5 either IJ's, H&R's or H&A's .32 S&W revolvers that I have bought in the last three years off Gunbroker. For all of them I paid about what you want for yours. These guns were cheap in their day and have not a great collectible value. I doubt if I could sell them today for much more than I paid for them. Now my 2 $89.00 Nagant revolvers which are 10 times the guns the H&A, IJ & H&R .32S&W revolvers are and shoot a .32 cal round are now selling for triple what I paid for them 3 years ago. I wish i had bought 100 or 1000 of them.
     
  13. madman48

    madman48 Vancouver,WA Member

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    Wish you had posted this a long time ago.