.32 S&W (Smith & Wesson) is a small caliber handgun cartridge designed by Smith & Wesson in 1878. It is also known as the .32 Short, .32 Smith & Wesson Short, or 7.65x23mm.
The .32 S&W cartridge is typically loaded with a 85-grain bullet and has a muzzle velocity of around 700 feet per second. It is not a particularly powerful cartridge, but is known for its low recoil and accuracy, making it a popular choice for target shooting and small game hunting.
The .32 S&W cartridge was widely used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly in small, pocket-sized revolvers. It saw extensive use as a backup or self-defense weapon, particularly among law enforcement and civilians who needed a small, easily concealable firearm.
Today, the .32 S&W is less commonly used, as more powerful cartridges have become more readily available. However, it is still popular with collectors and enthusiasts, and is occasionally used for target shooting, small game hunting, or as a backup gun for personal protection.