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Lot 198: Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle with Case

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Scarce Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $25,000

Scarce Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle with Case

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 320 Revolving Rifle
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 320
Barrel: 18 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Item Views: 504
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 200
Class: Antique

Manufactured from 1879 to 1887, the Model 320 revolving rifle is one of the rarest Smith & Wesson firearms produced with a total production of 977. These firearms were serial numbered from 1 to 977 and out of the 977 manufactured, 514 had the 18 inch barrel. The Model 320 was manufactured using the frame, cylinder and basic action of the New Model No. 3 revolver with some minor differences in the hammer and trigger and the barrel made of two pieces. A slot is cut into the butt and a hole drilled in the back strap to accommodate the shoulder stock. The rifle features an 18 inch barrel with no front sight and two leaf folding rear sight. The top of the rib is marked with the two line address/patent dates. The matching serial number appears on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and trigger guard. The barrel is fitted with a checkered hard rubber red mottled forearm with the S&W monogram on the underside. The grips are matching with S&W monograms in a circle at the tops. The stock is smooth walnut with blue finished attaching iron and a checkered black hard rubber buttplate with S&W monogram. The stock has the desirable peep sight. The original case has brass corner protectors. The lining is felt and there are three compartments (one for the rifle, one for the stock and one for a box of cartridges). Comes with a box of UMC revolving rifle cartridges.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. This Revolving Rifle retains 80% original blue finish showing some thinning to a brown and some high edge wear. The back strap has a smooth gray patina mixed with original blue finish. Some mild spotting is present. The hammer retains most of the vivid original case colors and the trigger guard has traces of original case colors, otherwise faded to a silver-gray. The forearm and grips are excellent showing a few minor handling marks and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically fine. The stock is very fine with the attaching iron retaining 90% original blue finish and the wood having a repaired chip near the toe, thumb size shallow pressure dent and some minor handling marks. The case is fair with repairs and one of the brass corners detached, but included in the case.

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