Smith & Wesson
1896 .32 Hand Ejector .32 S&W
Nickel early S&W DA .32
Estimated Year: 1898 Estimated value: $1,000.00
This DA revolver was a milestone for Smith & Wesson. According to The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, this was the first solid-frame, swing-out cylinder revolver (hand ejector) configuration is the backbone of the S&W line of revolvers today. It also introduced the .32 S&W Long cartridge. The cylinder is unlocked by pulling forward on the extractor rod. On this particular model, the patent dates and maker’s marks are shown on the cylinder rather than the barrel. This example shows about 94% of its original nickel finish, all matching numbers, including the right grip panel. This gun fits right in the middle of the entire serial number range, and all were made between 1896 and 1893, meaning a factory letter would be needed to determine whether it qualifies as an antique – i.e. made before 1899.