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Old November 17th, 2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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Supplying some information in the .32 Auto ammo for sale thread in the marketplace inspired me.



My Colt Trooper Mk III is of 1976 vintage and I love it like no other firearm I have owned.

All four of the old revolvers are .32 S&W Short. The bottom two are an Iver Johnson and a H&R and no longer functional. The two top revolvers are Smith and Wesson and both are functional but need A LOT of cleaning up before I attempt shooting them.

The ammo on the left side:

Two bottom cartridges are .32 S&W Short
Next up is 9MM
Next up is .38 Special
At the top is .357 Magnum.

The .32 S&W revolver in the upper right underneath the Trooper is a S&W .32 Third Model made in 1882.

My Grandfather picked that old girl up in the 1950s and did a S&W history inquiry on it in December of 1969. I still have the letter too. It's pretty cool and gives a manufactured date range based on serial number.

Mine was made in 1882 (First production run). Cylinder lock up and timing is still good and if I was to clean up the chambers and the barrel I don't doubt it would still fire flawlessly. Not bad for a 130+ year old gun.

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I wish I had your guns and you had better ones.
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I downsized my collection to only things that have sentimental value or are realistically useful.
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We found this when my Grandpa died.
Believed to come from his father who aquired it post liberation of France circa 1944

Took a while soaking in penetrating oil to be able to break it down and clean it.











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Oh man that is cool! Love the old war pieces!
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I downsized my collection to only things that have sentimental value or are realistically useful.
There's only two reasons people sell their gun collection

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Damn my money was on 2 lol

I have sold a couple guns I wish I hadn't but I will never get rid of any thing that's handed down to me
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I have an H&R .32 as well.
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Damn my money was on 2 lol

I have sold a couple guns I wish I hadn't but I will never get rid of any thing that's handed down to me
Exactly. I can always put together more bolt guns and buy more pistols.
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I need to post a pic of my H&R in .32.
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Do any of you guys have some ammo for the .32s? I'm thinking about cleaning up the S&W Third Model and seeing if it'll still fire.
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This is the .45 my father smuggled back under the IP of the Pickup my mom and her friend were driving back from NY through Canada before he sailed back to Norfolk and the end of his enlistment in 1955. He didnt tell her it was in there so she wouldnt panic at the border.
Serial number dates it to 1917.



The Iver Johnson, I have found out was made in 1926 and was my great Grandfathers. Its a 6 shot, .32 long.



About 300 rounds are still left in the spam can that was "Hiding" in the trunk, behind the Wheel skirts and flat spare tires, when Dad left base at Norfolk.

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Do any of you guys have some ammo for the .32s? I'm thinking about cleaning up the S&W Third Model and seeing if it'll still fire.
I will look. If I do it's hand loaded with lead bullets. I loaded a bunch when I used mine in a side match when I shot CAS. Very confident in the loads if there are any left, it's been a few years since I shot it.
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Just got the go ahead from the gunsmith for the two top S&W .32s. They are 100% safe to be fired. Just gotta clean up the chambers and barrels.

Looks like I got a little bit of work to do and I need to find some ammo.
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Do any of you guys have some ammo for the .32s? I'm thinking about cleaning up the S&W Third Model and seeing if it'll still fire.

I shoot .32 short out of my Nagant revolver due to the fact its non corrosive (unlike the 7.62x38 you find)....it's pretty easy to find.

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I spent all day cleaning up the S&W Third Model (upper right hand pistol in the collection pic I posted). I started with the "Lemon Squeezer" on the top left but once some lubrication got into the mechanism it stopped rotating the cylinder so that's gonna take a bit more to get functioning.

Anyway... Not too shabby for a 132 year old revolver! Can't wait to get some ammo and take it to the range!





I used Flitz to polish and clean it up since it's very gentle on the finish and non-abrasive. Very important for an old gun like this. I removed a TON of built up corrosion, power, leading, etc and my microfiber cloths were nearly black when I was done. I then moved on to the barrel and cylinder bores and worked them with Flitz and a brass .40 cal brush. Swabbed out until they came clean and then used Hoppe's #9 Powder Solvent and let that soak for a while before I used the copper brush again and then swabbed until clean and dry.

It's 100% ready to fire now. Just need the ammo.
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