1876 Antique SMITH & WESSON .38 Single Action 1st Model Revolver WILD WEST
1876-77 “BABY RUSSIAN” Wild West Hideout Revolver
Here we present an antique Smith & Wesson .38 Single Action First Model Revolver manufactured between 1876 through 1877 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Smith & Wesson manufactured approximately 25,548 of these revolvers during its 2-year production run and 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 overall condition is good. The action functions, although a few chambers do not lock up properly and the ejector rod has no tension. The bore is in good shape for its age. Markings are legible. Numbers match. Both grips are in good shape with an expected amount of handling wear. The leather holster is in good shape.
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Barrel is 3-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .38 S&W
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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