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Lot 305: Smith & Wesson Model 320 Single Action Revolving Rifle

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Rare Extremely Early Production Two Digit Serialized Smith & Wesson Model 320 Single Action Revolving Rifle with 16 Inch Barrel, Stock, and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $12,000 - $18,000

Rare Extremely Early Production Two Digit Serialized Smith & Wesson Model 320 Single Action Revolving Rifle with 16 Inch Barrel, Stock, and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: Revolving-Rifle
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 320
Barrel: 16 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 161
Class: Antique
Description:

Offered here is an extremely early production model of one of S&W rarest produced firearms, the Model 320 Revolving Rifle. This is serial number 12, making it one of the very first Model 320s manufactured by S&W, and it displays an unmarked pre-1904 factory refinish. Total production was only 977, and out of the 977 units only 239 Model 320s were manufactured with a 16 inch barrel. The 16 inch barrel on this example is fitted with a globe front sight and two leaf rear sight and is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates legend. The forearm and grips are matching checkered red mottled hard rubber with the S&W monogram. The stock is smooth walnut with blue finished attaching iron, peep sight and a checkered hard rubber buttplate with S&W monogram. The early production "12" serial number is found on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. The accompanying factory letter lists this Model 320 with a 16 inch barrel, blue finish, and checkered mottled red and black hard rubber grip and forearm when it was shipped on June 30, 1880 and delivered to Schoverling Daly & Gale of New York City.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 98% plus of the aforementioned pre-1904 factory reapplied blue and casehardened finishes showing slight stock wear on the back strap, a cylinder drag line and limited handling marks. The stock is also very fine with 99% plus blue finish remaining on the attaching hardware and minor handling marks on the walnut. Mechanically excellent. A great opportunity to acquire an extremely low serial number Model 320, one of S&W's rarest and most unusual firearms.



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