Smith & Wesson Pistol

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  1. The Rebel

    The Rebel New Member

    I am looking for information on a Smith & Wesson .32 Cal Pistol. It is (NOT A MODEL 1913 .35 Cal.) Serial Number under 1,000 and I believe 1924-1936 era. Looking for "Disassembly" information and have yet to find it. Anyone familiar with this Firearm ? I have not yet figured out how to post an image on here, but the Firearm is marked as follows:
    Left Side Slide - Smith & Wesson
    Left Side Frame - S&W Trademark Logo
    Front of Strap - Serial Number
    Right Side Slide - .32 Auto Ctg
    Right Side Frame - Made In U.S.A.
    Top of Slide - Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass USA Patented
    Sept 13 1910 Dec 13 1910 Feb 28 1911 May 2 1916 June 21 1921
    Magazine holds 7 rounds​
    Any And All Information On This Pistol Would Be Greatly Appreciated.
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    .32 Semi-automatic Pistol

    Caliber: 32ACP. This model was a result of an engineering effort of the Model 35 automatic to use more standard ammunition and to streamline its appearance. This model has a finger safety under the trigger guard. 7-shot magazine, 3-1/2" barrel, smooth walnut grips with the S&W medallions, blue finish. Being an improved version of the.35 Automatic, it has some parts that are interchangeable that model. Barrel fixed to the frame instead of hinged. Serial number range 1 - 957. Manufactured c. 1924 - 1936.

    NIB 2600, Exc 2000, VG 1400, Good 1000, Fair 600, Poor 400.

    All that copied from the Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson, Third Edition, which is about two years old, so the prices are probably out of date.

  3. The Rebel

    The Rebel New Member

    Thanks Alpo ~ Do you know of any "Takedown Procedure" I can review or get ??? Thanks For The Info. :D
  4. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    From Smith’s Book of Pistols and Revolvers, 1961 Edition.

    Dismounting: First push the magazine catch at the rear bottom of the handle and withdraw the magazine. Then draw the bolt back to check that there is no cartridge in the firing chamber.

    Grasp the weapon in the left hand, first finger through the trigger guard, hand around the barrel and slide so that the left thumb may push in the bolt release catch.

    While holding the catch in, use a drift pin or small screwdriver to push down the slide stop plunger. This is housed in a hole on top of the slide directly behind the rear sight.

    Continued pressure on the bolt release catch will now permit the slide to come forward off the guide.

    Note that the bolt remains in place on top of the receiver. The bolt in this weapon is a moving section which in the ordinary automatic pistol would be part of the slide. It is a sliding member mounted directly against the firing chamber of the barrel and extending backward to the end of the receiver. The front breechblock (or bolt) end houses the extractor and firing pin. Directly behind this the bolt is hollowed out so that only an arm on each side, which is scored to permit good finger grasp, rides in the receiver grooves and lines up with the slide. The two arms going back from the breechblock are joined across the back of the pistol. The bolt assembly mounts over a locking stud rising from the rear of the receiver

    With the slide and recoil spring removed, the bolt and extractor may now be lifted off.

    The stocks may be removed by unscrewing the retaining screw.

    Further dismounting is not recommended.

    Assembling: Insert the ejector on the left side on the top of the receiver. Place its round spring plunger against the bolt and press it into position, the notch should be to the right and the groove on the upper left corner must line up with the corner formed by the receiver and the barrel.

    Replace the bolt, and make sure that it fits properly over the extractor. The hammer must be fully cocked before the block can be inserted. If the hammer is down, it prevents the block from going forward to its front position. To cock the hammer it will be necessary, first to insert the magazine in the handle, then pull the hammer back with the thumb. The magazine should then be removed.

    Insert the slide spring in the slide. Holding the slide in the left hand, place the rear end of the slide on the pistol so the spring lies in the groove on top of the barrel.

    Push the slide back on the pistol making sure the square tongues on the barrel engage with their grooves in the slide.

    Tilt the slide a little to permit it to pass over the projection on the rear of the barrel, which acts as an abutment for the slide spring.

    Then press in the bolt release catch on the side of the weapon so the slide can pass it and continue to move forward until the slide reaches its latch pin.

    While holding the slide in position with the left hand, push the latch pin (directly behind the rear sight) in with the thumbnail of the right hand. The slide will now go forward to its fully closed position.
  5. The Rebel

    The Rebel New Member


    That is exactly the information I was searching for Sir. Many thanks, I "Owe You One" for the detailed instructions. :) Many Thanks Again. :D
  6. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Glad to help.
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