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Howdy! I was thinking of purchasing an authentic pocket pistol but was curious about ammo availability. Most original pockets i am finding are 32 rimfire. Does anyone still make this round? How hard is it to find, especially being in NY where my ordering ability is limited.
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Smith and Wesson began producing Top Break revolvers (that break open by rotating the barrel down) in 1869. This 32 Single Action shipped in 1889. There were also double action models that had a trigger guard. This revolver is chambered for the 32 S&W cartridge.
This is a S&W Safety Hammerless, sometimes known as a Lemonsqueezer. This was a double action only model. This particular one shipped in 1905, but the design dates back to 1888. This one is also chambered for the 32 S&W cartridge.
Here is a photo of some 32 caliber cartridges. Left to right they are 32 Rimfire Short, 32 Rimfire Long, 32 Colt, 32 Smith & Wesson, 32 Smith & Wesson Long, 32 Colt New Police, and 32-20 (32 WCF). As far as I know, 32 Rimfire cartridges have not been manufactured for a long time. The 32 Colt cartridge uses a heeled bullet and is a different diameter than the 32 S&W cartridges and will not chamber in a revolver chambered for 32 S&W or 32 S&W Long. The two Top Break pocket pistols that I pictured above chamber the short 32 S&W cartridge. Their cylinders are not long enough for the 32 S&W Long cartridge. The 32 S&W Long cartridge was developed around 1896 for S&W”s first swing out cylinder revolver. While it was a popular cartridge for the first half of the 20th Century, it will not chamber in any of the Top Break 32 caliber revolvers that S&W made, their cylinders are too short. The 32 Colt New Police is identical to the 32 S&W Long, Colt just did not want to use the S&W name. Lastly, the 32-20 was designed as a rifle cartridge, but many revolvers were chambered for it. But it is obvious it is much to long to be chambered in a pocket pistol.
I suggest you look for a pocket pistol chambered for the short 32 S&W cartridge. I see plenty of them in my area.
There are also lots of pocket pistols chambered for the 38 S&W cartridge. Note that the 38 S&W is not the same as 38 Special. 38 S&W is a shorter cartridge and usually will not chamber in a 38 Special revolver. And 38 Special should never be fired in a 38 S&W revolver, even if you could get it to chamber.
P.S. I really do not recommend that rig that DIxie Gunworks is selling for shooting 32 RF ammo with 22 blanks. Not a very practical solution for shooting in a match.