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Selling: September 7, 2012

Lot 176: Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 1st Model Single Action Revolver

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Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 1st Model Single Action Revolver
Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250
Serial #Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 1st Model Single Action Revolver ManufacturerSmith & Wesson Model3 Russian
TypeRevolver Gauge44 Russian Catalog Page45
Barrel8 Inch Solid Rib FinishNickel GripWalnut
Stock ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is an example of a 1st Model No 3 Smith & Wesson commercial revolver. Also known as the "Old, Old Model Russian Revolver", these revolvers were developed for the Russian Government in 1871 and manufactured until 1874. The total production of the commercial First Model Russian was 5,165. These revolver were identical to the Model 3 American except chambered for the 44 S&W Russian cartridge and the "RUSSIAN MODEL" marking on the address. The top of the barrel rib is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS.U.S.A.PAT.JULY.10.1860.JAN.17.FEB.17. JULY.11.65 & AUG.24.69. RUSSIAN MODEL". The matching serial number is marked on the butt, rear cylinder face, barrel latch and barrel. Pinned blade front and notch rear sights, all nickel finish and fitted with smooth two-piece walnut grips.

ConditionPeriod replated with half of the thin nickel finish remaining. There is some scattered minor pitting. The undersize revarnished grips are fair. There is a repaired crack on each panel, they have been sanded and revarnished and show rounding on the bottom edges. The markings are clear. The action is fine
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