When is a J-frame not a J-frame?

When is a J-frame not a J-frame?

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    When is a J-frame not a J-frame?

    When it is a 6 shot Model 31 chambered in 32 S&W Long. According to the “Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson” it is listed as .32 Hand Ejector and Models 30, 31. According to the serial number this one was made between 1961-1970. I already have a 2-inch example and it is delightful to add a 3-inch model especially at a decent price. The 32 S&W Long may be a bit anemic for SD use but it is a fun caliber at the range and is much better than a sharp pointy stick if needed.

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    Very nice! Is this model made on what was referred to as the "I" frame? It should be a fun one to shoot and have around.
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    Nice pick up!
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    I'd jump at one of those!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    I'd jump at one of those!
    Too late !

    Gene already grabbed it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Man View Post
    Very nice! Is this model made on what was referred to as the "I" frame? It should be a fun one to shoot and have around.
    No, the "I" frame is slightly smaller and has a shorter cylinder.
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    The differences in the I and J are muddled...this article lays out some of the details. https://www.thehighroad.org/index.ph...me-32s.369249/

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    Nice

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    It's cute!

    It sure looks to be in really nice condition with excellent blue finish.

    Bet it shoots really nice too with the square butt and 3-inch barrel. A great combination for the .32 S&W Long cartridge.

    I was never clear on when Smith & Wesson used up the last of the I-Frames in assembling revolvers once they wholly went over to utilization of the J-Frame
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    I'm not either...I've only seen one Terrier in .38 S&W...till I read this article, I didn't even know there was another "improved" I frame in the middle...several articles conflict, and I don't have access to a real verified source...just the combined knowledge of algore.
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    That's a good looking little revolver. My old Rossi resembles it a little.
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    Nice S&W model 31. My J-frame that isn't a J-frame is a six-shot alloy Colt Cobra from 1952.


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