Martial Smith & Wesson American Revolver 1 of 1000
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Item 670056734
Location Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Caliber: .44 American. 8 inch, solid rib, barrel. Serial Number 549. This is one of the 1000 revolvers sold to the U. S. Army in 1871. It was the first cartridge revolver adopted by the U. S. military and saw usage throughout the Indian Wars as it was issued to the 2nd, 3rd,4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Cavalry. Virtually all were issued for hard use on the frontier. This revolver is in very good plus original condition. About 20 % blue survives, especially in protected areas. The blue/brown color is seen in the photos. The barrel is smooth and grey with a fine one line S&W barrel address and “US” marking. The “A”, for Ainsworth, and the “P” proof mark are clear on the left and right sides of the barrel. There is also scattered original finish on both sides of the barrel. The muzzle and bore are fine. The cylinder is likewise gray with clear inspector and proof initials (“A” & “P”)in the opposite flutes, but one side of the cylinder shows a bit of erosion. The rear of the cylinder shows original finish. The frame is also grey with original blue behind and in front of the recoil shields and near the trigger guard. The revolver’s serial number (549) at the butt area of the frame is clear. The ‘assembly number’ on the frame (J0) matches the ones on all important components including the frame, barrel, cylinder and barrel latch. The screw at the barrel pivot point has a light circular scratch around it. The inspector’s (“A”) and proof letter (“P”) are clear on the left and right sides of the frame. Original screws and pins. There is very little powder corrosion at the breech of the barrel, at the front of the cylinder, or on the face of the recoil shield. There are no 'frozen' screws. There are traces of case-hardening on the hammer and trigger guard, with much on the trigger guard having turned to silver. The original grips are well worn with small dents and creases and shrinkage; and, on the inside; they are numbered (549) to the gun. There is a small chip missing at the top of the left grip. The revolver is very good mechanically including the extracting mechanism. The bore is fine with deep rifling. This model was introduced three years before the Colt Single Action Army revolver and is probably, more than any other model, associated with the historic west. This rare and desirable U.S. martial revolver is listed by its serial number, “549” in the STANDARD CATALOG OF SMITH AND WESSON by Jim Supica & Richard Nahas as purchased by the U.S. Government. Like many other government purchased firearms, the principal inspection was assigned to Orville W. Ainsworth; one of the rarest and most collected inspectors of the Colt Single Action Army Cavalry revolvers, and bear his distinctive “A” acceptance letter. This is a historic piece; showing use, but well maintained and original. Given that these revolvers were issued nearly three years before the Colt SAA, these pistols saw service through the Indian Wars, including the Battle of the Little Bighorn. For larger pictures you may visit
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