S&W

An exceptionally nice and scarce S&W factory refinished New Model No. 3 Single Action Revolver chambered in .44 S&W Russian, with Japanese navy markings. This revolver falls into a known serial number range (26718-27107) of New Model No. 3s shipped to Takata on October 4, 1890. A Japanese Navy anchor is stamped on the butt. The barrel is numbered to a different gun. Mismatched parts are commonly found on these Japanese contract revolvers. Matching serial numbers are on the butt, cylinder and barrel latch. There is a S&W factory rework star stamped on the grip frame and rear cylinder face. According to the previous owner, this revolver was given to the Pan Am Airways bankruptcy agent during Pan Am bankruptcy proceedings in Japan, circa 1980s.  This revolver is in very fine as factory refurbished, retaining 97% nickel plating showing some mild flaking mostly on the grip straps. Some darkened case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are fine showing minor handling marks mostly near/on the bottoms and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically, it is excellent. (PIMU-917)

$3,800.00 $3,600.00

A very rare Smith & Wesson First Model Single-Shot Model of 1891, chambered in .22 Long Rifle. This model was made between 1893 and 1905. Some of the parts for these pistols interchange with S&W double-action top-break revolvers. It has been documented that only 862 of these were made chambered in .22 Long Rifle, and of those, I’d estimate that only a handful have survived in this condition. 8″ barrel with full-length fluted rib that is marked “MODEL OF 91”. Chambered in .22 Long Rifle. Pinned Paine Target Blade front sight and square notch rear sight. Blue with two-piece checkered black gutta percha long (two-screw) grips with diamond and S&W logo. Condition is antique excellent with 80-85% thinning original blue blending with patina. Thee is modest flaking on the left side of the frame. This pistol’s action is tight and crisp. The bore is excellent. There is some vibrant color case hardening on the hammer. Grips are excellent showing just modest wear.  Serial Number: 1965X so this was manufactured circa 1897. (EPNA-844)

$2,375.00 $2,275.00

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Revolver with Factory Letter and Holster Rig Attributed to Montana Lawman Dr. Joseph Kumpe. Made in 1882. This revolver came from the John Fox collection. The included factory letter states that this revolver was shipped on July 17, 1882 and delivered to M. W. Robinson of New York City. We know from signed letters from one Miller Hansen that the revolver came to him from a family friend in 1925, Dr. Joseph. M. Kumpe. Kumpe was born in La Grange, Alabama and studied medicine at the Alabama Medical College, and in 1882 moved to White Sulfur Springs, Montana. There he practiced medicine and was elected to the position of Meagher County coroner, and upon the death of the Sheriff, he was appointed to that position as well. During this time he carried out the duties of both offices. Kumpe was involved in the hanging of Henry Herbert Metzger, a murderer and subject of the article “The Strange Sombrero” from the “Pacific Northwest Quarterly” published in 1945. Kumpe is pictured in the article pronouncing Metzger dead after the hanging. Kumpe passed away on August 3, 1905 in Meagher County and was survived by his wife and three children. The revolver shows standard markings including matching serial numbers on the barrel latch, barrel, cylinder, and butt. Includes a period holster rig set up for a left-handed draw and containing 34 .44 Russian cartridges in the belt. The revolver and holster rig were reportedly used by Kumpe during his term in office as sheriff. There is also a dossier binder of information on the revolver and the history surrounding it, including the aforementioned letters, photocopies of “The Strange Sombrero” and Kumpe’s obituary, contact prints of photos of the Metzger hanging, among other information.  CONDITION: Very fine, showing 70% plus original nickel finish. There is some hazing of the nickel in areas as well as some very mild scattered oxidation. Nearly all of the blue remains on the trigger guard and 60% bull case colors on the hammer. The holster rig is also very fine with light use/storage evidence. A great piece of Montana history! (UABP-KK-826)

$4,600.00 $4,500.00

A scarce blued S&W New Model 3 SA .44 Russian with Factory Letter. 6″ barrel chambered in .44 Russian. Pinned full radius front sight with “V” notch rear sights. Two-piece black gutta percha grips, checkered with diamond and S&W monogram. Serial # 2967X. Comes with a Smith & Wesson archival letter dated January 10, 2013 and signed by S&W Factory Historian Roy G. Jinks. Letter documents the revolvers’ correct configuration and shipment to famed western gunsmith W.F. Sheard on August 3, 1896. CONDITION: Very fine overall with 40% original blue overall with the remainder in a pleasant gray patina. The cylider has gone gray. Bore is fine and bright with very light pitting. Action indexes perfectly and lock-up is tight. Trigger pull is excellent, and I suspect that it was tuned by W.F. Sheard. The original gutta percha grips are excellent, faded slightly to a deep chocolate brown. (EABK-256)

$2,395.00 $2,250.00

A scarce and very sought-after .38 S&W 5-shot spur trigger Model 2 “Baby Russian” (with long ejector rod housing) revolver. This one has 99% of its original nickel finish. This is a single action-only model.  This gun looks just about mint and appears to be unfired! (There are NO firing evidence marks or scratches on the backplate. The black gutta percha grip panels are both in excellent condition. Bore is perfect–also appears unfired. Serial #1959X.  This revolver came from an estate in Ohio. (# EIKS-573)

$3,750.00 $3,550.00

Smith & Wesson DA .44-40, blued, with the scarce 4 inch barrel. (Most of these were made in nickel finish with 6.5″ barrels.) Has an early 4 digit serial number (989X) and high amount of original high polish blue finish with most blue loss and flaking to cylinder. There is unusually strong case coloring on the hammer and trigger. All screw heads are in perfect shape. The original black gutta percha rips have sharp checkering and no cracks. Barrel is shiny and has strong sharp rifling with just some small scattered areas of light pitting. Action is in good working order with tight lock up.  (ENII-444) $3,250

$3,250.00 $2,975.00

Scarce Smith and Wesson Double Action Frontier chambered in .44-40 Winchester. Here is another great “off the ranch” revolver, from north-central Idaho. Has a 6-1/2″ barrel, 1-9/16″ cylinder, fixed sights, DA/SA action, and original black gutta percha grips that are worn and faded to a pleasant chocolate brown. Single action mechanism locks back but the hammer will release with thumb pressure. Double action works well and locks the cylinder tightly. Bore shows light pitting but is bright, with good rifling. Serial numbers match on butt, cylinder, latch, barrel, and grips. Grips are also inscribed inside with the name “Sam Penny” on one side and “Lapwai, Idaho” on the other. Original nickel finish is only about 70% but the factory markings are clear. One grip panel has a chip, and there are some small indentations at the butt, where this revolver’s frame was apparently used at least once, to drive tacks. (So you can tell folks: “This gun is a tack driver.”) Please see photos for details. Manufactured between 1886-1898, with just 15,340 produced in.44-40.  (The mast majority of antique S&W large frame DAs were chambered in .44. S&W Russian.) This one falls in the middle of that range at #642X — circa 1892. (EPLS-616)  $2,675

$2,875.00 $2,675.00

Rare antique Smith and Wesson New Model 3 Single Action in the unusual .44-40 chambering. Like many others, this one has had the barrel bobbed to 5-1/4″ length and a Lyman front sight installed.  The serial number is 201X, making it 1896 or 1897 production. The New Model 3 borrowed the barrel-mounted frame latch and rounded butt design from the S&W double action top break design. I was told that the original owner of this revolver was a trapper and lawman in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who carried this revolver in his official capacity. Most Model 3 SAs were made in .44 S&W Russian. But less than 1,000 of these were made in .44-40 and I doubt that there are more than a few dozen of those in good working condition, like this one. This revolver’s mechanical function is quite good. There’s one small area of pitting on the left side of the barrel, near the muzzle. (See photos.) The cylinder, chambers, and barrel are clean and free of rust.  This would make a fantastic SASS competition revolver, or just a practical shooter. (LUIU-468).

$2,650.00 $2,450.00

Nickel plated, 6″ barrel chambered in .44 Russian. Pinned full radius front sight with “V” notch rear sights. Two piece black gutta percha grips, checkered with diamond and S&W monogram. Serial # 2143X. Comes with a Smith & Wesson archival letter dated June 23, 2006 and signed by S&W Factory Historian Roy G. Jinks. Letter documents the revolvers’ correct configuration and shipment to Hartley & Graham Co., New York City, New York on April 22, 1887. CONDITION: Very fine overall with 60-70% original nickel with scattered areas of brown patina. Bore is fine and bright with light pitting. Action is tight and crisp. Grips are excellent showing just modest wear. (ECCU-447)  $2,495

$2,495.00 $2,295.00

S&W .38 Single Action Second Model Revolver.  Serial # 1610X.  (Made circa 1888.)  3-1/4″ barrel. Only about 40% original nickel finish, and nice grips. I bought this gun in Illinois. Action needs repair–cylider does not advance when cocked. Note that since this is a black powder era S&W, so it would be safe to shoot only with very mild handloads, even if repaired. (CPR-038)  $725

$725.00 $675.00

Scarce S&W .44 Russian Double Action First Model with Roy Jinks-signed S&W factory letter. Serial # 394X. The factory letter confirms it was shipped on July 31, 1883, to M.W. Robinson in New York City in the current configuration. Poor exterior finish, but fine mechanical condition. Grips are in fairly good condition, with slightly worn checkering. Left grip had a chip at the base (shipment damage), but I was able make a neat Krazy Glue repair, to return the chipped pieces to their places, so it now looks fine. See the photos that were taken before that grip repair. Has a very slight cylinder wobble at full cock, otherwise fine mechanically. Light pitting in bore, but nice distinct rifling. (CGPR-044)  $1,500

$1,500.00 $1,395.00

Desirable Early .38 S&W 5-shot spur trigger Model 2 “Baby Russian” (with long ejector rod housing) revolver. This one has about 95% of its nickel finish. This is a single action-only model. This one won’t hold full cock, so it is being sold as “non-shooter.” The black gutta percha grip panels are both in excellent condition. One side plate screw is marred. Bore has Very Good rifling, and some frost in the grooves. I’d rate it 6/10. Serial # 703XX.  Note that since this is a black powder era S&W. So even if it is repaired, it would be safe to shoot only with very mild handloads. This revolver came from a ranch in north Idaho. (# BKL-572)

$475.00 $425.00

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