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Manufactured for the U.S. Military and later issued to the San Francisco Police Department by Benicia Arsenal. Approximately 300 Schofield models were issued to the San Francisco Committee of Safety during the labor riots and civil unrest of 1877-78 caused by the great railroad strikes that sprung up in many large cities across the United States. Records do exist of these 300 revolvers being issued; however, no records exist of them being returned and it is popular belief that once the riots were put down all the revolvers were obtained by the California militia. This example is stamped with the rack number "217" behind the hammer. The butt is stamped "US," U.S. Ordnance sub-inspector stamps "W" and "P" are on the rear of the cylinder, frame under the cylinder, and underside of the barrel lug, "1877" dated left grip panel, cartouches both grip panels, and matching serial numbers on the butt, cylinder, and right grip panel. Includes a U.S. leather flap holster and belt with U.S. buckle.
Fine, retaining 40% plus original blue finish with a smooth brown-gray patina on the balance. Traces of original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are very good with a number of dings, faint cartouche on the left panel, and crisp "CW" cartouche on the right panel. The holster rig is good. Mechanically excellent.
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