.35 S&W Auto

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.35 Smith & Wesson
Type Pistol
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designed 1912
Manufacturer Smith & Wesson
Produced 1913-
Specifications
Case type Rimless, straight
Bullet diameter .32[1]
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
76 gr (5 g) FMJ 830 ft/s (250 m/s) 116 ft·lbf (157 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 .312 for the .32 ACP and the .35 S&W,[3] and .355 for the .380 ACP. Despite possible reliability problems, .35 S&W pistols can fire .32 ACP ammunition.[3] 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.[4] 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ *Sharpe, Philip B. Complete Guide to Handloading, p.430. New York, NY: Funk & Wagnalls, 1953.
  2. ^ a b c *Wilson, R. K. Textbook of Automatic Pistols, p.253. Plantersville, SC: Small Arms Technical Publishing Company, 1943.
  3. ^ a b Barnes, Frank. Cartridges of the World 13th Edition, page 337-338
  4. ^ *Quertermous, Russell & Steve Modern Guns, p.398. Paduca, KY: Collector Books, 1981. ISBN 0-89145-146-3