CIVIL WAR / OLD WEST Antique First Metallic Cartridge SMITH & WESSON No. 1
19th Century POCKET CARRY for the Armed Citizen
Here we present an antique Smith & Wesson Number 1, Third Issue Revolver, made circa 1868-81. 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.
This small revolver is a 7-shot .22 rimfire. It was specifically designed to be a pocket gun, being very small and light. For those not wanting or needing a full-sized gun or for those who wanted a backup this revolver was the ideal firearm for the turbulent 19th century.
The overall condition is very good. Some original finish has been preserved in low trafficked areas. Excellent action. The bore is in good shape. Very good grips, contain low handling wear. Markings are legible.
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Barrel is 3-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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