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 for 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 "279" behind the hammer. The butt is stamped "US," U.S. Ordnance sub-inspector stamps "E" and "P" are on the rear of the cylinder and underside of the barrel lug, and matching serial numbers on the butt, right grip panel and cylinder. Each grip panel has a script letter cartouche while the left panel is also dated "1876." The accompanying factory letter confirms the 7 inch barrel, blue finish and smooth walnut grips. The revolver was originally part of a shipment for 3,000 units that left the factory on October 12, 1876 and delivered to the National Armory, Springfield, MA. Includes a Lanz, Owen & Co. leather U.S. flap holster. This revolver is from the collection of world famous American country singer and song writer Hank Williams Jr. and includes a certificate of authenticity confirming his ownership as well as the aforementioned factory letter, which is addressed to him. Provenance: The Hank Williams Jr.'s Collection
Fine, retaining 50% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. 40% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are also fine with minor dings and scratches and crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. The holster is fine with minor flex wear and handling/storage marks and overall tight stitching. An attractive U.S./San Francisco Smith & Wesson Second Model Schofield Revolver.
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