S&W .38 Single Action, 1st Model
Revolver., a.k.a "THE BABY RUSSIAN". 1876
This was the first Pocket/Belt Size revolver in .38 offered by the firm of Smith & Wesson. It was called the " baby Russian" for it's remarkable likeness to the much larger .44 Russian Model offered by the company. This .38 has the Spur trigger, but still a top break and the longer under barrel extractor housing. It was manufactured one year only from 1876 to 1877 in a very limited quantity. Despite it's limited production volume it was quite popular and purchased by the Baltimore Police. This is not one of them, but very desirable never the less. Serial No. 1828X has about 95%+ of all the Factory original nickel plate finish. However, it appears the selling dealer, by client request, has fitted this Baby Russian with Ivory grips. They remain in high quality condition and aged color.
ALL factory applied markings are present and vividly clear: barrel address, serial numbers. ALL parts are matching, and the working action is perfect. In addition the opening, raising of the extractor and its return into the cylinder are also perfect. A fine and scarce early example of the "Baby Russian".
SMITH & WESSON, 2nd MODEL, .32 DOUBLE ACTION RARE , VINE
AND PARROT HARD RUBBER GRIPS. SILVER PLATE FINISH, 1880
This is a very special small revolver ! Serial No. 181X manufactured for only 2 years, 1880 -1882, in a small quantity. There were only 30 1st models, and immediately into production they changed the design of the side plate to a curved plate, so really it is a 2nd Model but truly the first DA produced. It is factory silver plated, and fitted with THE MOST RARE of all factory grips ever used. The hard rubber grips are of a tree/vine with 2 Parrots sitting in the tree/vine !! The grips are in perfect condition, as is the revolver. ALL factory markings are present and clear, and all serial numbers are matching. Mechanically, it operates 100% on both single and double action.
The patent dates are on each side of the edge of the top strap, a feature unique to this model .
Look carefully, on each side of the screw escutcheon, you can see the two Parrots
SMITH & WESSON, DOUBLE ACTION "FRONTIER " MODEL, 44/40 @
S&W first introduced this Model in 1881 observing the need to have a large frame Double Action revolver. First appearing in the .44Russian caliber, however management was quick to recognize the advantage of the 44/40 cartridge. It was the "combination" caliber, rifle and pistol, one in the same cartridge. The Frontier Double Action Model followed quickly, in the 44/40 offering. Several westerners of notoriety carried this model, Belle Star, and John Wesley Hardin. It was a large frame DA and in a very popular caliber. This one, Serial No. 1026X, has the six inch barrel, and factory finished in Blue. Of the original finish, about 30% of the blue remains, the balance a smooth pleasing blue/gray patina. The mechanical working actions function 100% correctly. Cocking, indexing, locking and smoothly releasing to fie, both on single action and double action modes. This also includes the breaking open and ejecting spent cartridges. The grips are quite interesting, as they are period with the DA. Most think of stag as a more modern grip, HOWEVER, they were available in the 19th century for grip usage. In removing these grips the inside are very dark and old, similar to the reason you look at the back of an old painting, the canvas shows the age ! They are a perfect fit to the revolver, and have a very nice stag exterior.
The appearance of the DA Frontier is western indeed ! In reality, ONLY a little over 15,000 were manufactured, so the 44/40 is not all that readily available, and sought by collectors.
1889 HARTLEY & GRAHAM ADVERTISEMENT, FEATURING THE S&W,
NEW MODEL No.3 TARGET REVOLVER
Price $ 50
**Interesting to note, on the reverse side, are the Newspaper Clippings regarding the Court Martial of a Cavalry Officer, and his "physical confrontation" with another Officer.
AUGUST 31, 2022
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