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Offline Davem

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32 rimfire
« on: September 27, 2021, 08:50:14 AM »
Doesn't get mentioned very much but in the old West not everyone was a cowboy. A lot of the towns people didn't want to be lugging a big hogleg so they carried 32 rimfires.  There were holsters and cartridge belts made up for this smaller revolver. In any event, anyone have any info, etc. on the topic?

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Re: 32 rimfire
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2021, 07:22:54 PM »
These were essentially pocket revolvers - not belt guns.

Men's pockets were larger than those seen today.

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Re: 32 rimfire
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2021, 07:24:24 AM »
When you collect pocket pistols; you end up collecting pocket pistol holsters.

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Re: 32 rimfire
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2021, 01:50:58 PM »
I have one (holster) that looks a lot like the upper left. Western Nebraska in the tri-state area WY,NE,SD. No, these little guns were carried in holsters, even if they fit in a pocket.  I think the rimfire aspect is why they are never considered these days- no ammo to shoot them.

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Re: 32 rimfire
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2021, 05:51:03 PM »
Five shot Colt's Police .36 percussion and conversions (both rim and center fire) were even more popular than 1860 44s or even 1851/1861 .36 Navies.  I believe the margin was 2 to 1 over the full size Navy..
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Re: 32 rimfire
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Re: 32 rimfire
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2021, 12:23:59 PM »
Great topic and worthy of mention. While never portrayed in hollywood im sure many constables of the period went peaceably about their days with small frame 32 and 38 revolvers from smith remington and colt. Those numbers alone are in the millions compared to the 190,000 saa's made by 1900, yet portrayed 100 percent of the time by fiction. And some constables didnt carry guns at all? Hmmm

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Re: 32 rimfire
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2021, 12:56:09 PM »
I guess that was my point.  During the percussion era I think the most commonly made Colt was the tiny 31 caliber dragoon- the Dixie Gun Works catalog used to list the numbers.  Later, during the cartridge era, there were a lot of smaller caliber guns, the 32 rimfire the most common choice.  These were self defense type weapons to deter an attack, not for serious gun fighting.

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Re: 32 rimfire
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2021, 09:52:52 AM »
Great topic and worthy of mention. While never portrayed in hollywood im sure many constables of the period went peaceably about their days with small frame 32 and 38 revolvers from smith remington and colt. Those numbers alone are in the millions compared to the 190,000 saa's made by 1900, yet portrayed 100 percent of the time by fiction. And some constables didnt carry guns at all? Hmmm

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Re: 32 rimfire
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2021, 10:26:19 AM »
Consider that one of the guns used by the robbers in the Northfield Minnesota raid was a 7 shot Moore .32 rimfire!

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