What Year Was My S&W K-frame .32-20 Made?

by Remington40x @, SE PA, Sunday, April 05, 2020, 18:50 (88 days ago)

It's a 6-inch K-frame, pre-model numbers, with a serial number in the 60xxx range.

When might it have rolled off of the factory floor?

Probably refinished (it has a grayish cast to the bluing, and the S&W logo on the sideplate seems a bit less than crisp), but in about 98% condition, it sports checkered grips (a couple of damaged diamonds and a very small chip in one of the grips) and a Wondersight. When is the last time you saw one of them?

Not for sale. I'm sitting on plenty of .32-20 brass and more cast bullets in .312-314 diameter than I'll ever shoot, as well as some 85 grain and 115 grain jacketed. Feed them to this and, except for the 115 grain jacketed and 120 grain cast, to my two Ruger .32 H&R revolvers (a 4-inch SP101 and a small frame Bisley).

Thanks.

What Year Was My S&W K-frame .32-20 Made?

by SIXGUNNER, Sunday, April 05, 2020, 22:32 (88 days ago) @ Remington40x

1909-1915

What Year Was My S&W K-frame .32-20 Made?

by Remington40x @, SE PA, Monday, April 06, 2020, 07:59 (87 days ago) @ SIXGUNNER

Thanks very much. Certainly explains why it might have been refinished.

Or would the bluing of that era have gone to a grayish tone in 100 years? If that's the case, this thing certainly led a sheltered life before it came to live at my house.

Rem

What Year Was My S&W K-frame .32-20 Made?

by sixgunner, Monday, April 06, 2020, 10:04 (87 days ago) @ Remington40x

looks reblued to me.

What Year Was My S&W K-frame .32-20 Made?

by Remington40x @, SE PA, Tuesday, April 07, 2020, 18:09 (86 days ago) @ sixgunner

That was my original thought when I bought it and I paid a refinished price for it, so I'm not upset. Wish someone still made a DA .32-20.

What Year Was My S&W K-frame .32-20 Made?

by Catoosa, Monday, April 06, 2020, 10:28 (87 days ago) @ Remington40x

I would doubt that is original factory finish. I have an M&P that was made in 1911 that still has about 85% original blue. I thought it had been reblued until I walked out of the show into the parking lot and looked at the gun in bright sunlight. That wonderful old gas oven blue is unmistakable. It will wear but doesn't ever seem to fade to gray like most reblues will.

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