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Old break top Smith & Wesson revolver with original box for trade.

Discussion in 'Handgun Classifieds' started by sigsucka101, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. sigsucka101

    sigsucka101 Lake Stevens WA New Member

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    I do not know much about this revolver, It was my Grandfathers and has been sitting around for years.
    In the past year I have developed an interest in the gun hobby and purchased a Sig 9mm and DPMS AR-15.
    I have been having a lot of fun with them and am now looking to trade this revolver for something more modern that I could get some use out of.
    Please feel free to message me with any questions or trade offers. Thank you.

    32 break top smith & Wesson revolver 5 shot. Top of the barrel reads

    “Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass USA APAT'D JAN 17 24 65 JULY 11 65 AUG 24 69 JULY 25 71 DEC 2 79 MAY 11 & 25 1880”

    Revolver comes with original box and cleaning brush. Side of the box reads – SMITH & WESSON DOUBLE 32 ACTION NICKEL 3 ¼ INCH

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  2. Blov

    Blov Oregon Central Coast Member

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    You have a S&W .32 Double Action 2nd model in fine to excellent condition. It's a nice one.
     
  3. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    You need your eye glass prescription checked. The finish is poor at best, grips are in good condition, the box and brush is worth almost as much as the revolver.
     
  4. carpenter

    carpenter OR Member

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    KEEP it!
     
  5. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    heck I would keep it clean it up and shoot it, I do like the box "directions for use" love it. A real piece of S&W and your family history.
     
  6. Blov

    Blov Oregon Central Coast Member

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    You have to classify using NRA antique where very good is 0-30% finish. Fine is over 30% finish which this is. You can't rate it as a modern gun.
     
  7. sigsucka101

    sigsucka101 Lake Stevens WA New Member

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    Thank you guys for your info and recommendations. In regards to keeping the gun, I have many things from my Grandfather that hold a family value to me, If this revolver was important to him , trust me I would never get rid of it.
    That being said, I received a ton of PM’s today about a sell amount or more specific trade options.
    I am meeting with my FFL on Monday to get an estimate on what he thinks it is worth.
    As far as trades, I would like something newer, maybe 380 , 22, or 22LR, Even something the girlfriend could learn to shoot with would be cool.
    As I said I purchased an AR-15, most of it is already up graded but I do need a nice case for it , or if you have anything AR let me know.
    I can always throw in some cash if you have something you feel is worth more than the revolver.

    QUESTION ? In one of the PM’s I received today, they said I could ship without an FFL because the gun is an antique. Is this true ?

    Thanks again for all the interest, this is a great forum.
     
  8. Redneck_Riot

    Redneck_Riot Lake Stevens, WA Member

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    If your pistol is an antique, it is not regulated or regarded by the ATF as a firearm and therefore can be shipped to any private party, the same as if you were buying or selling any other legally owned product.

    Antique Firearm

    26 U.S.C. § 5845(G)

    For the purposes of the National Firearms Act, the term “Antique Firearms” means any firearm not intended or redesigned for using rim fire or conventional center fire ignition with fixed ammunition and manufactured in or before 1898 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap or similar type of ignition system or replica thereof, whether actually manufactured before or after the year 1898) and also any firearm using fixed ammunition manufactured in or before 1898, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.

    Make sure you do your research before making any hasty decisions. It is my opinion that your pistol does not meet the antique critera and is considered a curio and relic for all intensive purposes as defined by the law.

    If the buyer you would like to ship to is a curio and relic license holder, and this model of pistol is included in the appendix for curio and relic firearms, it would be perfectly legal to ship to that license holder.

    FYI - A curio and relic license is a license obtained through the ATF for the purposes of buying collector firearms that are not regulated as modern firearms and have been placed on the appendix A under curio and relic firearms.

    Get this independently appraised and good luck.
     
  9. Navvet

    Navvet Lynden, WA Active Member

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    It is a C&R as it was made after 1898. I agree with Redneck Riot.
     
  10. Blov

    Blov Oregon Central Coast Member

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    This one was made between 1880-1882.
     
  11. just1more

    just1more Renton Member

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    If this is a five shot then it is a 38 S&W. The 32's were 6 shot.

    It appears the box may not match the gun

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    Be carefull as this was built before smokeless powder.
     
  12. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    You have a point, using that standard it meets fine condition. I stand corrected.

    Not to long ago you would have been hard pressed to get over $50 for this revolver, today it's considerably more.

    The OP can tract this auction for an idea of value.
    Smith and Wesson .32 DA S&W 2nd model revolver : Antique Guns at GunBroker.com
     
  13. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Do not shoot it! Even 'old' reloading manuals warn against shooting any early break top revolvers.
     
  14. just1more

    just1more Renton Member

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    These are built well and copied by many. I would have a smiffy double check for cracks, but that's rare on this gun unless someone tried smokeless in it As long as everything locks up and timing is good, it can be shot with black powder with no hesitation. Just remember to clean thourowly when done.
    I'd be interested once there is a value placed on it. PM me if you want.
     
  15. sigsucka101

    sigsucka101 Lake Stevens WA New Member

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    Is there a way to look up the number ingraved on it ? 21758 is ingraved in many places on the revolver.
     
  16. tkdguy

    tkdguy Portland, Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    You have a museam piece! Smith and Wesson historians can help you with lots of details. Do not trade nor sell this one. The box and the gun are very valuable together.
     
  17. sigsucka101

    sigsucka101 Lake Stevens WA New Member

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    Thats good to hear. I would like to learn more about this gun. I am becoming more and more interested in it as I read the S&W antique forums. Thanks
     
  18. sigsucka101

    sigsucka101 Lake Stevens WA New Member

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    I have been reading all about the ( 5 ) shot 32. top breaks on the S&W forums. Take a look S&W Antiques
     
  19. Blov

    Blov Oregon Central Coast Member

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    Serial number range is 33 through 22172 manufactured from 1880-1882, and this is a 5 shot.
     
  20. Navvet

    Navvet Lynden, WA Active Member

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    If it was made that early it is an antique and I would not shoot it. If only it could talk.