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.32 Smith&Wesson Long

The .32 Smith & Wesson Long is an offspring of the older .32 Smith & Wesson. Reference sources disagree on when the long version was introduced. One source indicates the .32 S&W Long was introduced with the Smith & Wesson Model1896 Hand Ejector revolver, while another gives its year of birth as 1903. At any rate, sometime between the late 1890's and very early 1900's is probably close enough. During its early years, the .32 S&W Long enjoyed a great deal of popularity in law enforcement circles, especially among detectives and plain clothes officers. Lawmen eventually abandoned the .32 and went with the more powerful .38 Smith & Wesson Special. The .32 S&W Long was originally loaded to a velocity of 705 fps with a 98 grain bullet. Muzzle energy was listed as 132 foot pounds. This represented a 36 percent increase in energy over the standard .32 S&W. Both Winchester and Remington continue to offer factory ammunition, but with a 98 grain bullet at 705 fps for 115 foot pounds of muzzle energy. Factory loads for the .32 S&W are now advertised at 90 foot pounds, giving the .32 S&W Long a 28 percent edge in punch. All of which may amount to a moot point since both are considerable less potent then the .380 ACP. 

This text is based on information from “Cartridges of the World”, Hodgdon reloading manual, the cartridge designer and/or own resources.

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