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Lot 317: Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Target Revolver in .32-44 Caliber

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Very Rare Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Target Single Action Revolver in Rare .32-44 Caliber

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,000

Very Rare Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Target Single Action Revolver in Rare .32-44 Caliber

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: New Model No 3
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32-44
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
Item Views: 355
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 167
Class: Antique
Description:

This is a very rare example of a New Model No. 3 Target .32-44 Revolver serial numbered in the regular .44 New Model No. 3 serial number range, one of only 50 known to have been manufactured in this series. Matching serial numbers are found on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. The barrel rib has the one-line address, and the left side of the barrel has the rare caliber designation "32-44 S&W CTG." The period initials "HHV" in attractive script on the bottom of the left grip panel are for H. H. Vanduesen, to whom this rare S&W was shipped on Oct. 9, 1903, per the factory records.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 97% original nickel finish with loss mostly at the muzzle end and faint aging. 80% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are also excellent with a few minor handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive New Model No. 3 Target Revolver in rare .32-44 caliber.



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