posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 07:25 AM
Isnt a .32 what a lot of the cowboy style single action revolvers were? .32's and .45s right?
No. the early revolvers were .36 and .44 mostly , Navy and Army respectivly. there were several other calibres during the "muzzle loading period".
the first attempt at standardization as I recall was the Colt Patterson a .36cal. it was a flop and almost bankrupted Colt.. 1836 as I recall Capt.
Walker of the Texas Rangers commisioned
a revolver that saved Colt The Walker Colt. It was a .44 cal. , It was the MAGNUM production gun of its day and until the developement of "smokeless
the .32 again as I recall came in about 1880. It was designed as a "gamblers Gun"
but was also popular as a "Ladies gun" being of a handy size to carry in a purse .
Be careful there were 2 different calibres of 32s as there were 38s. the 32 S&W was
a smaller and much lower powered round than the 32 Colt or Long Colt. same goes for
the 38 S&W.
The Colt SAA chambered for the .45 long colt came out 1875 as i recall. the "peacemaker"(the gun that won the west) a few years later was a
commercial version of the SAA ordered by the Army, thus the SAA, Single Action Army which was still used up to WWI as I recall, when it was replaced
for a time by the S&W Mod.10 .38.