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Lot 270: U.S. Smith & Wesson 38 Safety Hammerless Army Test Revolver

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Extremely Rare and Highly Desirable U.S. Smith & Wesson .38 Safety Hammerless Army Test Double Action Revolver

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Estimated Price: $6,000 - $8,500

Extremely Rare and Highly Desirable U.S. Smith & Wesson .38 Safety Hammerless Army Test Double Action Revolver

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 38 Safety Hammerless
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 S&W
Barrel: 6 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
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Catalog Page: 142
Class: Antique
Description:

There were only 100 of these .38 Safety Hammerless revolvers sold to the U.S. Government in May of 1890, making these one of the most difficult and desirable of all U.S. contract arms. The revolvers are Third Models, but they are in the Second Model serial number range, 41333 - 41470 (note serial number of this revolver). The revolver has the push button barrel release, two-line address/patent dates on the top of the barrel rib and is marked ''U.S." on the left side of the barrel lug. Casehardened trigger, five-shot fluted cylinder and checkered hard rubber grips with S&W logos at the top. Matching serial numbers are on the butt, right grip panel, cylinder, and barrel.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 50% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The grips are also fine with some minor handling marks and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A U.S. Smith & Wesson .38 Safety Hammerless Army Test Revolver missing from even the most advanced public or private collections.



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