There's been thousands of police departments over the years...it would be difficult to show that somewhere a police agency didn't issue any particular caliber or allowed an officer to carry a personally owned sidearm in any caliber.
Lots of private security companies issue firearms...any of them could have at some time as well.
I have in my possession a late model New Army in 32-20, 6". Looks nice and shoots very well. When I got the gun some years back I was told that it had been the personal side arm of a town marshal and the county Sheriff when he was elected. I never was able to verify any of that . Supposedly it was in one of the rail road/cow towns in Northern Montana along the Hiline. Just a story, that's all.
Certainly possible that the caliber was used by police, but keep in mind that it would have to have been in a Police Positive Special or one of the larger framed revolvers; the cylinder of a Police Positive is too short in length to chamber the .32-20.
Cheers thanks for all the replys, yes up196 i forgot to put special in there !
I just got this at an auction here in Oz and have ordered a letter from colt, i am hopeful it comes back as being owned by one of your famed police departments. It was made in 1923
Please don't take offense, I have numerous 32-20's which I truly love. But a true story: some years ago the son of a deceased Texas lawmen told his son that the 32-20 SA that he had carried was the most useful gun he ever had; he went on to say that while it wasn't as powerful as the other CF cartridges, its smaller bore diameter made it heavier which made it more effective (weight wise) for hitting aggressors on the side of the head. Regards, Ron
Yes. It seemed that railroad police liked them. I have a Police Positive Special in .32-20 from the Union Pacific RR. Officers were often required to buy their own guns in i many places. I have a S&W M&P in .32 WCF from 1917 that letters to a mail order store that is hand marked for Dodge City KS PD.