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NEAT PERIOD HOLSTERED SMITH & WESSON No. 1 Second Issue REVOLVER Antique Small 7-Shot .22 Rimfire Revolver!
NEAT PERIOD HOLSTERED SMITH & WESSON No. 1 Second Issue REVOLVER Antique
Small 7-Shot .22 Rimfire Revolver!
Here we present an antique Smith & Wesson Model No. 1. Second Issue Revolver, manufactured circa 1860 to 1868 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Smith & Wesson manufactured approximately 115,000 of these revolvers between 1860 and 1868. Serial numbers started around 11000 where the 1st Issue left off and continued to 126400. The No. 1 was Smith & Wesson’s first metallic cartridge firearm. It utilized the idea of the “bored through cylinder”, which was patented by Rollin White and subsequently exclusively licensed by Smith & Wesson. This concept has forever changed revolving firearms design, and is the same idea used in revolvers today. S&W, via Rollin White himself, aggressively sued any patent infringers and were able to hold their monopoly on the American market for cartridge revolvers from about 1857 to 1870, whereupon their patent expired. The results were a very profitable business, a broke Rollin White, and a grudging U.S. Chief of Ordnance Alexander Dyer, who was still angry in 1870 about not being able to use the technology during the Civil War. The U.S. government ended up giving Colt their contracts since they valued the larger .44 caliber in the Colt 1860 Armies over the .32 caliber full sized No. 2 Armies.
This small single action revolver is a 7-shot .22 rimfire. It was specifically designed to be a pocket gun, being very small and light. The No. 1 was the precursor to larger firearms that were simply scaled up to be more suitable for use as martial weapons.
The overall condition is good. The action functions but the cylinder free wheels. The bore is in good shape. A stable crack can be seen on the left grip, and both grips remain firmly seated. This example is banged up in all the right ways, seeing its fair share of period use! The holster is in good shape, and it has some neat badges fixed on. It is a little fragile at the belt loop. A neat little rig with an early Smith & Wesson! Great for display!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 3-3/16 inches.
Caliber: .22 Short Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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