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Lot 1327: Smith & Wesson .38 Single Action "Mexican Model" Revolver

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Rare Smith & Wesson .38 Single Action "Mexican Model" Revolver

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Rare Smith & Wesson .38 Single Action "Mexican Model" Revolver

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 1891
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 S&W
Barrel: 5 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 152
Class: Antique

Manufactured from 1891 to 1911 with total production of only 2,000 the "Mexican Model" is one of the most highly sought after and least observed antique S&W models. This revolver is in the scarce Mexican Model configuration identified by the spur trigger not integral as part of the frame, no half cock position and flat side hammer. Many of these revolvers were shipped to Mexico, Russia and South America. The barrel rib has the two-line, two block address and patent dates flanking "MODEL of 91." The revolver is fitted with a replacement pinned beaded blade Lyman front sight, a standard notch rear sight on the barrel latch, and desirable red mottled hard rubber S&W grips. Matching serial numbers are on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 60% original blue finish with a smooth gray patina on the balance. Nearly all original case colors remain on the hammer. The grips are also fine with some wear in the checkering. Mechanically excellent. A .38 Single Action "Mexican Model" Revolver is a must have for the serious S&W collector and is a model of revolver missing from even the most advanced collections.

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