SOLD FOR: $1030
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: .32-20 Hand Ejector Model of 1905, 2nd Change
Serial Number: 35989
Year of Manufacture: 1906-1909
Caliber: .32-20 WCF
Action Type: Double / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “32 WINCHESTER CTG.”, the top is marked “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A. PAT’D APR. 9. 89. MAR. 27. 94. / MAY. 21. 95. JULY 16. 95. AUG. 4. 96. DEC. 22. 96. OCT. 8. 01. DEC. 17. 01”. The yoke and yoke cut are both marked with inspection marks. The rear face of the cylinder, front face of the ejector, barrel flat, butt of the grip frame, and rear face of the yoke are marked with the serial number. The sideplate has a monogram logo. The barrel flat is also marked “B” and with another “B” in a diamond. The butt of the grip frame has a factory refinish star and the left side of the grip frame is dated “9.42” and also has a “B” in a diamond. The interior of the right grip panel is stamped with a number that does not match the serial number.
Barrel Length: 6 1/2” Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a half-round blade integral to a rectangular base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is “U” notch in the end of a groove in the top of the frame. The frame has been painted orange around the groove.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with S&W medallions and smooth diamonds around the grip screws. There are a few little compressions and light marks, most noticeable on the bottom faces. The checkering is mostly strong. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition as replacements.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Factory Refinished September 1942.
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright and the rifling is sharp where not interrupted by erosion. There is scattered erosion throughout the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are some scattered little nicks and marks scattered over the metal. There is some finish loss on the edges, the most noticeable is on the barrel at the muzzle. There are a few scattered little spots of minor surface oxidation. There is finish loss and discoloration from previous oxidation on the hammer and trigger. There is a turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp to lightly used. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with faint side-to-side play. The single-action is crisp and the double action is smooth. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is Smith & Wesson’s .32-20 hand Ejector Model of 1905, 2nd Change. The revolver was made with 4, 5, 6, and 6 1/2-inch barrels and was available in blue or nickel finishes. This model was quite literally your last chance to get a .32 WCF Smith as the chambering was discontinued after WWII. This is a 6 1/2 inch model with a blued finish, service sights, and nice replacement checkered walnut stocks. This one has a lot of finish remaining and it looks good considering its age. This one has rock solid mechanics and with the build quality of these vintage revolvers should last a couple more lifetimes if properly cared for. Please see our photos and good luck!