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Lot 3120: Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Frontier Target Revolver

Documented, Desirable Two Digit Serial Number 38 Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Frontier Single Action Target Revolver

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3120: Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Frontier Target Revolver

Documented, Desirable Two Digit Serial Number 38 Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Frontier Single Action Target Revolver

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized:

Documented, Desirable Two Digit Serial Number 38 Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Frontier Single Action Target Revolver

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: New Model No 3
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: hard rubber
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Catalog Page: 100
Class: Antique
Description:

This revolver is one of 2,072 originally chambered in .44-40 WCF. Many of these revolvers were converted by S&W to .44 Russian, a more popular cartridge for New Model No. 3s at the time to be able to sell the Frontier Model to a wider audience. A total of 786 converted Frontier Models in .44 Russian were shipped to the Japanese government. This revolver is highly desirable among today's collectors and remains in well above average condition. The revolver is pictured and identified in Supica and Nahas' "Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 4th Edition" on page 121 and David Chicoine's "Smith & Wesson Sixguns of the Old West" on pages 145 and 146. Chicoine notes the revolver is fitted with factory target sights, "an unusual option for the Frontier Models." Besides the target sights, the revolver has a correct 1 9/16 inch cylinder, two-line address/patent dates legend on the barrel rib, unnumbered barrel latch, and matching two digit serial number "38" on the butt, right grip panel, cylinder, and barrel latch. The Frontier Model was issued in its own serial number range 1-2072. Provenance: The Supica Collection

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine, retaining 90% frosted original nickel plating. 40% original case colors remain on the hammer. The trigger guard has faded to a gray. The grips are fine with minimal handling marks and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A highly sought after non-converted S&W New Model No. 3 Frontier revolver with rare target sights.



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