Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 315: Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Target Revolver

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,750

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Target Revolver

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 44 Double Action
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 587
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 167
Class: Antique

Introduced in 1881. The butt has the S&W factory rework star, and the grip frame has the October 1917 S&W factory rework date ("10.17"). The revolver has very unique and unusual target sights (possibly fitted when the revolver was returned to the factory in 1917), the original 1 7/16 inch cylinder, and matching serial numbers on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. According to this writer's phone contact with S&W Historian Roy Jinks, this revolver was originally shipped to the New York City distributor M. W. Robinson on June 23, 1898.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining nearly 97% factory reapplied blue finish with some thinning to brown mostly on the grip straps and some minor handling marks. 95% plus of the case colors remain on the hammer and trigger. The grips are also very fine with a few blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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