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Charles Alonzo King was always "tweeking" the design of the Russian Contract revolvers at their behest. Searching for the perfect grip, perfect barrel length, so on and so forth. King accommodated them, as they were the largest customer of S&W. The theory of the severe curved grip was to prevent more recoil than necessary, and keep the revolver on target after each shot. this ONE revolver was produced in the tool room, BUT never was accepted, so IT IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD. I remains in super fine condition with better than 90% of the S&W factory blue. ALL the case color on the hammer and trigger guard. It has 100% correct working mechanics !! It has NO markings except the Russian Barrel address.

If you are a student of the evolution of antique firearms, and favor S&W  this is a ONCE in a lifetime chance to own HISTORY. To hold the very Russian Charles Alonzo King held and presented top the Russian Inspectors, and a one time Museum specimen.


The now famous severe curved gip, the ONLY one in existence !!

3rd MODEL S&W RUSSIAN, in Very Scarce Caliber, .44 HENRY RIM FIRE, @1874, a.k.a. THE TURKISH MODEL

Domestically this revolver is incredibly difficult for the collector to obtain. Approximately 5,000 were manufactured for sale to the Turkish Government. This was accomplished by altering the standard production frame to accept the rim fire hammer. Serial No. 4087X is one of these rare No. 3 Russians. I strongly believe this Russian did not make the shipment, as it has a matching ! Commercial barrel address, indicating domestic sale. Making it  a REAL scarce 3rd Model Russian !! Finished in factory blue about 35% remains, the balance of the surface has a mixing of plum patina and light gray. Mechanically the 3rd Russian, breaks open, the ejector rises and falls correctly, closes tightly, cocks, indexes and locks correctly. In other words a perfect working action. This Model in this caliber is seldom if never seen in the U.S. for sale. The .44 Henry flat rim fire remained popular in the American southwest and Mexico well into the 20th century. It's popularity no doubt due to the pairing with Winchester rifles. The Walnut grips are in excellent condition, only minor hand marks, smooth with a fine antique patina. Important: all serial numbers match, as to all assembly numbers found on parts.

The above image clearly shows the Rim Fire firing pin. ALL parts are original to this S&W. You find , UNFORTUNATELY, so many 2nd and 3rd models with their Sash Hooks cut off, fortunately not the case with this 3rd Russian.

PRICE $ 3,500




This was a SIGNIFICANT revolver for the firm of S&W. It represented the FIRST top break .44 caliber revolver ever produced by the company. They wanted to part of the frontier expansion and produce a large caliber heavy revolver. It had the 8 inch barrel, a slightly curved grip, and quick loading and unloading. It received immediate success, even a 1,000 piece contract from the Government for Cavalry usage. It was immensely popular on the civilian market, wit MANY high profile westerners using one. Such as Cole Younger, Belle Star, Texas Jack Omohundro, Buffalo Bill, Dallas Stoudenmire and  yes even Wyatt Earp owned one. This 1st American is VERY early having a 3 digit serial number, 42X. ALL parts are the original parts to this American. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address & patents, serial numbers and assembly numbers, plus they are all matching. The smooth Walnut grips are numbered to the American and have a fine antique luster, with just a slight amount of wood damage at the bottom of one grip only.

This was a seriously important revolver to the company and the westward expansion and it's cast of characters. PRICE $4,650

The Oil Hole can be clearly seen in front of the barrel pivot, on the flat of the barrel/extractor.


The Model No. 3 , a.k.a. The American .44 Model, really put S&W into the game ! Prior to 1870, the company's only "big frame" revolver was the less than big frame Army No. 2 in .32 rim fire. However in 1870 they geared up and introduced the top break, .44 Models, the American Model in .44 AM, and the Old Old Russian Model in .44R, physically the same except for caliber. QUICKLY followed by the 2nd Model, which made a slight change in the frame, to accommodate the stronger trigger hold pin. This 2nd American, Serial No. 2175X, is in remarkable condition. It has about 95% of all the original nickel plated finish. What is IMPORTANT, it has never been touched ! no cleaning, polishing etc... it has that natural 141 year old luster. ALL assembly numbers are matching, all serial numbers match, and ALL parts are original. Mechanically it operates PERFECTLY, breaking open, closing, cocking, locking and firing , every time ! ALL factory applied markings are present and visible.

Model 2 American full view right side

This Model 2 American was very popular on  the frontier, used by the likes of: Wyatt Earp, "Texas Jack" Omohundro, Dallas Stoudenmire, John Wesley Hardin, Cole Younger, Belle Starr, and so on and so forth....  PRICE $ 3,795

S&W 2nd model .44 American revolver

bottom view of this big frame revolver

95% of all original nickel plated finish

walnut grips in perfect condition

The Walnut Grips are in perfect condition, with a fine antique luster, and are numbers to the revolver.




SEPTEMBER 30, 2021


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