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.32 S&W
Type Handgun
Place of origin USA
Production history
Designer Smith & Wesson
Designed 1878
Case type Rimmed, straight
Bullet diameter .312 in (7.9 mm)
Neck diameter .334 in (8.5 mm)
Base diameter .335 in (8.5 mm)
Rim diameter .375 in (9.5 mm)
Rim thickness .045 in (1.1 mm)
Case length .61 in (15 mm)
Overall length .92 in (23 mm)
Primer type Berdan or Boxer Small pistol
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
85 gr (6 g) Lead 705 ft/s (215 m/s) 93 ft·lbf (126 J)
98 gr (6 g) Lead 705 ft/s (215 m/s) 115 ft·lbf (156 J)
Source(s): "Cartridges of the World" [1]

The .32 S&W cartridge was introduced in 1878 for the Smith & Wesson model 1½ revolver. It was originally designed as a black powder cartridge. The .32 S&W was offered to the public as a light, defense cartridge, for "card table" distances.

The .32 S&W Long cartridge is derived from the .32 S&W, by increasing the overall brass case length, to hold more powder. Since the .32 S&W headspaces on the rim and shares the rim dimensions and case and bullet diameters of the longer .32 S&W Long, the .32 H&R Magnum cartridges, and the .327 Federal Magnum, .32 S&W cartridges may be fired in arms chambered for these longer cartridges. Longer cartridges are unsafe in short chambers, so neither of these longer and more powerful cartridges should be loaded into arms designed for the .32 S&W.[2]

McKinley assassination

Leon Czolgosz used an Iver Johnson revolver in .32 S&W to shoot President William McKinley on September 6, 1901.[3]

Chambered weapons

See also


  1. Barnes, Frank C. (2006) [1965]. Skinner, Stan. ed. Cartridges of the World (11th Edition ed.). Iola, WI, USA: Gun Digest Books. pp. 290, 337. ISBN 0-89689-297-2. 
  2. Treakle, John W. American Rifleman (May 2011) p.42

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