Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 103: Smith & Wesson No. 3 American Transitional Model Revolver

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Rare Smith & Wesson No. 3 American Transitional Model Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $7,000

Rare Smith & Wesson No. 3 American Transitional Model Revolver

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: American
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W American
Barrel: 8 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 938
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 88
Class: Antique

Transitional Model serial number ranges are from approximately 3,200-3,700 and 6,800-8,000 with this example falling in the latter. Transitional models are distinguished by a shorter 1.423-inch cylinder and a notch in the hammer for the interlocking barrel catch. The rib has the one-line address/patent dates marking, and there is star on the extractor housing. See Charles Pate's "Smith & Wesson American Model" for details on star stamped American Models. Matching serial numbers are found on the butt, right grip panel, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. Full serial numbered No. 3 First Model American transitionals are characteristic of the Russian contract revolvers. This star stamped example was a Russian contract reject and was finished and sold through Smith & Wesson's large New York distributor M.W. Robinson. Provenance: The Dr. Gerald Klaz Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 80% plus original blue finish with the balance a smooth gray patina. Patterns of original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are fine with a small chip near the bottom, some high edge wear and minor handling marks. The cylinder does not lock, otherwise the action cycles properly.

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