Smith & Wesson introduced the .32 S&W Ammo For Sale (7.65x23mm) in 1896 as a straight-walled, centerfire, rimmed handgun round. S&W designed this round to be used in its Hand Ejector revolver, which was a precursor to the Magnum handgun.
The .32 Smith & Wesson cartridge is an extended version of the .32 H&R Magnum cartridge, which has similar case dimensions to the .32 Federal Magnum and .327 Federal Magnum, but is shorter.
The first cartridges were manufactured in 1896 using black powder. S&W updated the round in 1903 by using smokeless powder while preserving the chamber pressure. When the smokeless powder was introduced for the .32 S&W Long, 98-grain lead bullets with 705 fps became the factory ballistics.
Despite the possibility that the .32 S&W and the .32 S&W Long are interchangeable, they are not. Although it was once announced that the cartridges could be interchanged, it has now been proven that this is not safe. As with .32 S&W cartridges, .32 H&R Magnums, and .327 Federal Magnums, the .32 S&W Long cartridge has the same headspace, rim dimensions, case, and bullet diameters. The only difference is its length.
You can shoot the .32 S&W in handguns with .32 S&W Long chambers, and you can shoot the .32 S&W Long in guns with H&R and Federal magnum chambers. There is a risk of fire malfunctions, jamming, or problems with ejecting the spent round when you try to chamber a longer round in a handgun that was designed to accommodate shorter rounds.
Under Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, Colt’s New Police revolver quickly became the standard-issue sidearm for New York City Police Departments. Other police departments quickly followed Roosevelt’s lead, as the .32 S&W Long cartridge gained a reputation and gained a reputation. It is a much more accurate cartridge than its shorter, less powerful counterpart. As a result, Colt began making their version of the .32 S&W Long in the late 1880s, calling it the .32 S&W “Colt’s New Police”.
This small-caliber pistol was popular among law enforcement officers when it was introduced due to its small size, ease of concealment, and a good fit for plainclothed officers and detectives alike. When the .38 S&W Special came out, the popularity of this pistol started to fade. However, some groups continue to shoot .32 S&W Long ammunition.
It is an accurate cartridge that has a lightweight, low speed, and soft recoil, making it perfect for target shooting. While S&W produced a model 1896 target pistol with a long barrel and precision sights, several other manufacturers have also manufactured .32 S&W Long target pistols, including Hammerli, Pardini, Sako, and Walther. It has also been a regular participant in the NRA and ISSF Centerfire Sport Pistol competitions.
A .32 Long cartridge has been widely used as a small-game round for years. Handgun hunters value this ammunition for its accuracy and effectiveness when hunting rabbits and squirrels (where both energy and placement of the shot play a part). Wadcutter bullets have a muzzle velocity of approximately 730 feet per second, a muzzle energy of 120 foot-pounds, and muzzle energy of approximately 120 feet per second.
Even though it may be difficult to find .32 Long bullets in big-box stores or small shops with reduced inventory, the product is still widely available. There are cartridges made by Fiocchi, Sellier & Bellot, Winchester, and other manufacturers.
In modern times, the .32 Smith & Wesson Long ammo would make an unsuitable self-defense weapon. Although NYPD and other northeastern law enforcement agencies used the .32 caliber as a standard-issue pistol, the ammunition met the bare minimum standards for a self-defense round. After a long debate, it was decided that the ammunition was not appropriate for police use, and officers began to carry .38s.
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