RARE INDIAN WARS SMITH & WESSON U.S. 1ST MODEL AMERICAN NO. 3 REVOLVER SERIAL NUMBER 433 CIRCA 1871.
Guns International #: 101289135 Seller's Inventory #: 28596
Category: Smith & Wesson Revolvers - Antique - Military Revolvers - US
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Seller: David Condon, Inc.
Company: David Condon, Inc.
Member Since: 9/24/08
First Name: Britton
Last Name: Condon
Country: United States
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RARE INDIAN WARS SMITH & WESSON U.S. 1ST MODEL AMERICAN NO. 3 REVOLVER SERIAL NUMBER 433 CIRCA 1871. .44 S.& W. caliber with 8” barrel. Only 1000 made for the U.S. Cavalry. All original and matching with all correct original proofs and sub-inspection marks including all the Orville W. Ainsworth small “A” stamps on all designated parts and a faint but visible cartouche on the left grip flat. 30-40% blue mixed with plum brown original patina on metal. Grips with the original finish and seven of the period notches on the left flat. Working order and excellent bore and chambers. Serial number 433 is one of the revolver serial numbers not listed in the packing crate inventory listings of revolvers shipped by Smith & Wesson to Springfield Armory in December 1870. The tiny serial stamps on the butt of these revolvers were difficult to read resulting in several numbers unlisted and corresponding duplicates on others. This serial stamping was misread as “423” which it looks like but is on very close inspection “433”. Serial number “423” is listed twice in the inventory lists. All of these rare revolvers were issued to U.S. Cavalry regiments in the west with most going to units in Texas and Arizona involved in fighting Comanche and Apache hostiles and famously used by Makenzie’s 4th Cavalry in Texas. Earlier and much scarcer than an Ainsworth inspected Single Action Colt. Almost never seen for sale.