Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 212: Nickel Plated Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Exceptional Cased Nickel Plated Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000

Exceptional Cased Nickel Plated Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 320 Revolving Rifle
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 320
Barrel: 18 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: hard rubber
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 195
Class: Antique

Manufactured 1879 to 1887 with a total production of only 977, this is one of the rarest Smith & Wesson firearms produced. Of the 977 manufactured, only 514 were made with the 18 inch barrel and only approximately 85-90 featured nickel plating, which is less than 10% of all production. This scarce and unusual Revolving Rifle was manufactured using the frame, cylinder and basic action of the New Model No. 3 revolver with some minor differences in the hammer and trigger, with the barrel composed of two pieces. A slot is cut into the butt and a hole drilled in the back strap to accommodate the shoulder stock, which is included. The 18 inch barrel features a blade front sight, a two leaf folding rear sight and a solid rib stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking. Matching serial numbers are on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. The forearm and grips are checkered red mottled hard rubber featuring S&W monograms. The stock is smooth walnut with nickel attaching iron and a checkered hard rubber buttplate with S&W monogram. The original hard leather case has brass corner protectors, felt lining and three compartments (one for the rifle, one for the stock and one for a box of cartridges). Comes with the rare stock tang peep sight and barrel globe front sight combination, and an equally rare full "picture label" box of UMC .320 S&W Revolving Rifle cartridges.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 97% original nickel finish with some loss on the top strap. Very Good original case colors remain on the trigger guard. 97% original case colors remain on the hammer. The forearm and grips are also excellent with limited handling evidence and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The stock is very fine with minor handling marks on the walnut and 98% original nickel plating remaining on the attaching hardware. The case is very good with minor wear throughout. This exceptional nickel plated Model 320 Revolving Rifle will be a valued addition to any S&W collection. Rarely do we catalog nickel plated Model 320s in such high condition.

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