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Lot 1093: Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 1st Model Single Action Revolver

Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 1st Model Single Action Revolver with Scarce Documented Short Barrel and Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1093: Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 1st Model Single Action Revolver

Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 1st Model Single Action Revolver with Scarce Documented Short Barrel and Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

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

Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian 1st Model Single Action Revolver with Scarce Documented Short Barrel and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: Russian
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: antique ivory
Stock:
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 88
Class: Antique
Description:

Offered here is a rare S&W No. 3 Russian 1st Model Revolver with a factory documented 6 1/2 inch barrel. Standard barrel length for this model was 8 inches. The accompanying factory letter for this revolver confirms the 6 1/2 inch barrel and lists the revolver with smooth walnut grips when it was part of a 60 unit shipment of this model to S&W's largest distributor M.W. Robinson of New York City on June 21, 1872. In this shipment there was a mix of both blue and nickel finishes and six of these revolvers had a 6 1/2 inch barrel. Robinson likely supplied the current grips and the inscription on the right side of the frame which has since been removed. The scarce short barrel rib has the one-line address/patent dates marking ending in "RUSSIAN MODEL." Matching assembly number on the grip frame, cylinder, barrel, and barrel latch. Provenance: The Supica Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with all of the character of a well-traveled 19th century firearm that has been there, done that appearance, retaining 40% of the period retailer applied nickel plating, and well aged grips with repaired left panel. Mechanically fine. A S&W No. 3 Russian 1st Model Revolver with scarce 6 1/2 inch barrel that has all the look and feel of a true survivor.



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