Only approximately 310 Smith & Wesson New Model 3 Australian revolvers were manufactured, all with nickel finish, 7 inch barrels, and detachable shoulder stocks. They were shipped to Australia for the Southern Australian Colonial Police and carried in holster and scabbard on horseback in the wild Australian outback. It has the two-line barrel rib marking ending with the reissue patent date, an Australian broad arrow stamped on the back strap, right grip panel numbered to a different gun, unnumbered barrel latch, and matching serial numbers are on the butt, cylinder and barrel. The stock is numbered to different gun, has an Australian broad arrow, nickel plated hardware and S&W hard rubber buttplate. The leather flap holster is marked with an Australian broad arrow proof along with the rack number "36" on the inside of the flap. The leather stock scabbard is stamped with an Australian broad arrow and the rack number "16" on the inside.
Very fine, retaining 85% original nickel plating with the balance a smooth gray patina. There are a few patches of pitting. 95% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are very good with some worn checkering and some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The very good stock retains 85% original nickel plating and has minor handling marks on the wood. The holster is very good with minor flex wear and handling/storage marks. The scabbard is good with heavy surface cracking on the back, otherwise minor flex wear and handling/storage marks. Provenance: Dr. Gerald Klaz collection.
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