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Is there anyway to know if this .32S&W revolver was made before 1898, I know the record keeping was poor and they had a fire or two so an exact date is impossible.

I’m pretty sure it’s black powder because it doesn't have caliber markings on the side of the barrel. (am I right?)

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GB, my Pop had one just like this my grandpa gave him. We did fire it with low level reloads. I am interested in what you discover. Now I'm trying to remember where that old revolver got off to.......
 

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Maybe you can add a picture of the extractor...

I was always told that on older top-break H&Rs, that the early "black powder only" models had no "nipple" or extension on the extractor that engages a hole that is inset in the recoil shield. Those made after 1900 * which were for modern ammo, did have the extractor extension.

(* Or thereabouts... This may not help you get the exact date though...)

Hope this helps.

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Yup, looks like the "BP" style to me -- but that doesn't help us confirm the exact year of Mfg'd.


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It is an "Automatic Ejecting, 2nd Model, 1st Variation". (the patent date on the top determine the variation)

It was made between 1890 and 1892. It is chambered in .32S&W(the short one) and is a blackpowder only gun.
 
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