Smith and Wesson model 68-2 made for Angeles Police Department
KMKColt, That inscription looks Very Factory for this period of time! Have you gotten a Colt letter? I am wondering about the caliber - is it in 32 Colt, 32 S&W, or the expected 32 S&W Long (as promoted by Roosevelt)?
No I haven't contacted Colt for a letter. I don't need one the gun is all original and has a badge number on the bottom of the grip. I also have contacts in NYPD who have the same type of firearm in the same exact engraving and markings. In fact they have offered to buy it for their collection and I haven't caved in. But I do have to say you have me at the caliber which I will need to check into for my own knowledge and factual info. Thanks for the suggestions it is appreciated.KMKColt, That inscription looks Very Factory for this period of time! Have you gotten a Colt letter? I am wondering about the caliber - is it in 32 Colt, 32 S&W, or the expected 32 S&W Long (as promoted by Roosevelt)?
I have had the attached Colt M1877 DA which was chambered for the 32 S&W Long.
32 S&W Long (a.k.a. 32 New Police) dimensions are below.
Bullet diameter .312 in
Base diameter .337 in
Rim diameter .375 in
Rim thickness .055 in
Case length .920 in
Overall length 1.280 in
The case length of the 32 S&W was only about 0.61".
The 32 Long Colt was also 0.920" in case length, like the 32 S&W Long, but had a base dia of only 0.318".
Is it actually marked W. F. & Co. on the top of slide?I assume this Colt 1903 pocket hammer 38 auto (apology to the revolver collectors) is from Wells Fargo and Co. Can anyone tell me what the "431" represents. This semiauto was shipped to Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden Co., San Fran, CA on March 16, 1912. 5 guns in shipment.
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