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Cased Matched Pair S&W Schofield Performance Center .45 Smith and Wesson Gift to Investor
Guns by Sally-always the best for less. We are especially proud to offer this set of Schofield revolvers made in Smith's own Performance Center. The history of these wheel guns is amazing. The US Army adopted the S&W 3 as a sidearm in 1870, the only cartridge revolver of the day due to patent protection. It fired a .44 caliber round, then came the Colt single action in 1873, firing the .45 long. To simplify munitions, the army asked S&W to switch to .45 caliber. At the same time, Major George W. Schofield suggested improvements that would benefit the cavalry trooper in battle. Primarily, it entailed making the break release larger and more pronounced, allowing a gloved hand to open it while riding on horseback. The changes were made, and the Schofield patent revolver was born in 1875. However, instead of chambering a .45 long, it was chambered in .45 S&W. It could be fired in either gun, but a long Colt would not fit in a Schofield. As a result, the shorter round was produced by the Frankford Arsenal and used in both revolvers. Because of the opening frame and ejectors, a Schofield could be unloaded and reloaded in less than 30 seconds, a Colt taking more than double that time. It was very popular for a time, until eclipsed by double action models. Still loved today, and very valuable, Smith made a special run in 2000 within the Performance Center. Amid foreign copies, only the 'Smith is chambered in the original .45 S&W. They are beautiful guns. The serial number pays tribute to the good Major, and they have the US stamp just like the originals. Even the stock cartouche was skillfully reproduced. The blue is deep and lustrous, case hardened parts abound, and the grips are highly figured. These two were requested by a large S&W contributor, and they were put on display in his office. One is fully functional, and the other was not finished. There is no slot in the frame for the arm to ratchet the cylinder, no bolt cylinder stop, and no firing pin. They form a truly unique pair, both housed in an aluminum Performance Center case. While these special guns sell for about 2000 dollars, I will list these for much less. Even the foreign copies are breaking 1200 dollars. If you have been looking for the right Schofield to collect or for investment, but want the added clout of a matched pair given to a major investor, then look no further.
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