OLD MODEL RUSSIAN ( 1st MODEL) .44R, CHARLES ALONZO KING
PROTOTYPE, WITH SEVERE CURVED GRIP ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD...SEE ON PAGE
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.
PRICE $ 14,750
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 CONTRACT 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. The center fire hole on recoil shield (frame) was filled, and the slot was cut to accommodate the rim fire hammer. Serial No. 4087X is one of these rare No. 3 Russians. This revolver was shipped to Turkey as one of the 5,000 filling the military contract. Removing the grips. on the left side of the grip frame, you will find Turkish Characters on the frame edge.
This makes it a REAL scarce 3rd Model Russian/ Turkish Contract 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/Turkish Model , 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 World and 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 right side 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 trigger guard Sash Hooks cut off, fortunately not the case with this 3rd Russian/Turkish.
PRICE $ 3,950
SMITH & WESSON, 2nd MODEL, .44 AMERICAN REVOLVER @ 1873
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.
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
The Walnut Grips are in perfect condition, with a fine antique luster, and are numbers to the revolver.
DECEMBER 31, 2021
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