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.35 Smith & Wesson
Type Pistol
Place of origin USA
Production history
Designed 1912
Manufacturer Smith & Wesson
Produced 1913-
Specifications
Case type Rimless, straight
Bullet diameter .32[1]
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
76 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) FMJ830 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)116 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
Source(s): "Textbook of Automatic Pistols" [2]

The .35 Smith & Wesson (S&W) is a centerfire pistol cartridge developed in 1912 for the newly designed Model 1913 self-loading pocket pistol intended to compete with the Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP and Model 1908 .380 ACP pistols. The .35 caliber name implied a cartridge of diameter directly between those two popular calibers. Actual bullet diameters were .31 for the .32 ACP, .32 for the .35 S&W, and .36 for the .380 ACP. The advanced features of the Model 1913 failed to compensate for the earlier availability of the Colt pistols. Gun purchasers were skeptical about a non-standard cartridge when .32 ACP ammunition was widely available.[2] Approximately 8350 Model 1913 had been made when production stopped about 1921. Smith & Wesson shifted production to their Model 32 self-loading pistol chambered for the .32 ACP from 1924 to 1937. No other firearms were chambered for the .35 S&W, and the cartridge is considered obsolete.[3] The bullets are rather unusual with a full diameter un-jacketed lead-alloy surface enclosed within the case, and a sub-caliber jacket encasing the exposed nose with a rounded form for reliable loading.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. *Sharpe, Philip B. Complete Guide to Handloading, p.430. New York, NY: Funk & Wagnalls, 1953.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 *Wilson, R. K. Textbook of Automatic Pistols, p.253. Plantersville, SC: Small Arms Technical Publishing Company, 1943.
  3. *Quertermous, Russell & Steve Modern Guns, p.398. Paduca, KY: Collector Books, 1981. ISBN 0-89145-146-3

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