.32 S&W
Type Handgun
Place of origin USA
Production history
Designer Smith & Wesson
Designed 1878
Case type Rimmed, straight
Bullet diameter .312 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Neck diameter .334 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Base diameter .335 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim diameter .375 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim thickness .045 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case length .61 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Overall length .92 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Primer type Berdan or Boxer Small pistol
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
85 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) Lead705 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)93 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
98 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) Lead705 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)115 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error 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 Edit

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

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