Manufactured for the U.S. military and later issued to the San Francisco Police Department by Benicia Arsenal. Approximately 300 Schofield models were issued to the San Francisco Committee of Safety during the labor riots and civil unrest of 1877-78 caused by the great railroad strikes that sprung up in many large cities across the United States. Records do exist for these 300 revolvers being issued; however, no records exist of them being returned and it is popular belief that once the riots were put down all the revolvers were obtained by the California militia. This example is stamped with the rack number "250" behind the hammer. The butt is stamped "US," U.S. Ordnance sub-inspector stamps "E" and "P" are on the rear of the cylinder and underside of the barrel lug, mismatched serial number "7148" on the cylinder, and matching serial number "5161" on the butt and right grip panel. Each grip panel has a script letter cartouche while the left panel is also dated "1876." This revolver was displayed at the 2015 NRA Single Action Shooting Society exhibit. Provenance: The Supica Collection
Very good plus, retaining 30% original blue finish with a smooth brown-gray patina on the balance. The grips are also very good with minor dings and scratches and legible cartouches. Mechanically excellent. A desirable San Francisco Police issued U.S. Smith & Wesson Second Model Schofield Revolver that displays honest wear and use.
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