Manufactured from 1874 to 1878, this commercial example is hand stamped "REISSUE/JULY 25, 1871" at the end of the barrel rib marking. The "REISSUE" marking is rare and was added after the W.C. Dodge patent was reissued and the factory had purchased it from Dodge. The factory letter lists this revolver with the "REISSUE" marking, 6 1/2 inch barrel, blue finish, butt swivel, and smooth walnut grips when shipped on December 15, 1876, and delivered to Schuyler Hartley & Graham Co., New York City. The butt has a boxed "1874" over the serial number along with a small "P." Marching assembly numbers appear on the grip frame, barrel, and barrel latch. The right grip panel is numbered to the gun.
Fine. The revolver retains 65% original blue finish on the frame and barrel with the cylinder a smooth brown-gray patina. 40% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are fine with some minor-moderate handling evidence. Mechanically excellent. A solid example of a scarce S&W Model 3 Russian Revolver with "REISSUE" marking.
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