The New Model No. 3 Target Model dominated target competitions in the late 1800s, and are found in the serial number range below 4,333. Of the 4,333 target variations manufactured, only approximately 2,900 were chambered in .32-44 caliber. This example is fitted with an unusual set of sights: pinned round blade front sight with bead and rear drift sight. The top of the barrel rib has the two-line address-patent dates marking. The revolver has the 1 71/16 inch cylinder. The grip panels are numbered to a different gun ("27189"). Matching two digit serial number "96" appears on the butt, cylinder, barrel, and barrel latch. Provenance: The Supica Collection
Fine, retaining 70% original nickel plating with mixed brown and gray patinas on the balance. Traces of original case colors remaining on the hammer and trigger guard. There is a ding on the rear sight. The grips are good with a number of handling marks (mostly on the bottom) and wear along the top of the checkering. Mechanically excellent. A desirable S&W New Model No. 3 Target Model Revolver with an unusual set of sights.
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