Production of these revolvers started around 1886 after the tooling was purchased from Ludwig Loewe. Although approximately 35,000 were manufactured, these revolvers are very rare in the U.S. and are reportedly just as rare in Russia. Offered here is one of the very best known examples. It has the Tula Arsenal Cyrillic marking on the barrel rib which includes the manufacture date "1888," the serial number, and a double headed Russian eagle. The cylinder is also numbered to the gun. Other Russian markings are present throughout including the Russian acceptance marking for inspector N. Kushakevich on the frame (left side) and barrel. For more information see www.russianrevolvers.com.
Very fine, retaining 80% original blue finish with the balance thinning to a brown. Traces of original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are fine with minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. Definelt one of the better 3rd Model Russian Contract revolvers one could find! Provenance: Dr. Gerald Klaz collection.
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