I have 32 Caliber Smith & Wesson, New Police Model, pistol that was my Grandfather's and has the manu. # 33628. Along with it I have a typed letter from the fella that he ordered it from dated Oct. 5th, 1924, his certificate of registration dated August 6, 1925 and a safety inspection card dated Nov. 7, 1927. I have a story that goes with it that states we have the original grips I will show in a photo that were changed out for larger ones because my Grandfather used the pistol for hunting mink. Any of idea of the value of my collection?
Your gun does display indications that it was produced in the 1920s. The condition is quite good, with most of the blue intact. As you say, the stocks on the gun are much later (after 1968), but the other stocks are period. Is the serial number written on the inside of the right panel?
I am quite certain you left a digit out of the serial number. Is this the number on the butt of the gun? That one, and not the one in the yoke area, is the serial number. It should also appear on the rear face of the cylinder and on the flat under the barrel.
Also, please clarify the caliber of your gun. Is it .32 S&W Long or .32 W.C.F.? This is quite important in determining the actual model of your revolver.
Also, could you please post a photo with the stocks removed?
Just for clarification, there was no "New Police Model" made by S&W. That is a name applied to Colt's revolvers. The S&W .32 Regulation Police had an odd, stepped grip frame. It seems more likely that your revolver is a .32 Hand Ejector Third Model. But we'll see.
I took all of the info from the paperwork I have which I was always told went with this pistol. Perhaps the story has been handed down incorrectly. My husband took the grips off and the butt of the gun states 124266. One side of the barrel states Smith & Wesson and the other side states 32-20 CTG if that helps.
One side of the barrel states Smith & Wesson and the other side states 32-20 CTG if that helps.