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Lot 309: Unusual Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 2nd Model Revolver

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Outstanding and Unusual Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 2nd Model Revolver

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Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Outstanding and Unusual Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 2nd Model Revolver

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: Russian
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 7 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: antique ivory
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 164
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured from 1873 to 1878. The Schuyler, Hartley & Graham distributor marking "SH" within a diamond is stamped on the butt. The barrel rib has the one-line address/patent dates legend ending in "RUSSIAN MODEL." The letter "A" is stamped on the underside of the ejector shroud, suggesting this revolver may have been a rejected Russian military contract revolver that was sold on the commercial market. This very unique Russian Model revolver also has a highly unusual and rare five-digit matching assembly number ("25038") on the grip frame, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. All are unique features never previously seen by noted S&W scholars such as David Carroll, Charles Pate, C.B. Wilson, John Wilson, and Roy Jinks.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 98% original nickel finish with very limited very faint flaking. 97% original case colors remain on the hammer, and patterns of original case colors remain on the trigger guard. The grips are also excellent with some minor handling evidence and highly attractive color and grain. Mechanically excellent. An exceptional and rare nickel 2nd Model Russian perfect for any S&W collection!



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