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.32 SINGLE ACTION (MODEL 1 1/2 CENTERFIRE) Get Pricing .32 S&W cal., spur trigger, top break, rebounding hammer, auto extraction, 3, 3 1/2, 6 (rare), 8 (rare) or 10 (rare) in. barrel, w/o external strain screw. 97,599 mfg. 1878-1892. Serial range 1-97599.
.32 Single Action Later Model Get Pricing with external strain screw, remainder of serial range.
.32 DOUBLE ACTION FIRST MODEL Get Pricing .32 S&W cal., 5 shot fluted cylinder, 3 in. round barrel, square edged side plate, blue or nickel finish, black rubber grips, one of the rarest of all S&Ws. Only 30 mfg. 1880. Serial range 1-30.
.32 DOUBLE ACTION SECOND MODEL Get Pricing similar to First Model, except irregular shaped sideplate, 3, 3 1/4, 4, 5, or 6 in. barrel, 22,142 mfg. 1880-1882. Serial range 31-22172.
.32 DOUBLE ACTION THIRD MODEL Get Pricing similar to Second Model, except without groove around cylinder3, 3 1/2, or 6 in. barrel. 22,232 mfg. 1882-1883. Serial range 22173-43405.
.32 DOUBLE ACTION FOURTH MODEL Get Pricing similar to Third Model, except rounded trigger guard, pinned front sight, 3, 3 1/2, 6 (scarce), 8 (rare) or 10 (rare) in. barrel. Serial range 43406-approx. 282999. Approx. 239,600 mfg. 1883-1909.
.32 DOUBLE ACTION FIFTH MODEL Get Pricing similar to Fourth Model, except integral front sight, 3, 3 1/2, or 6 (scarce) in. barrel. 44,641 mfg. 1909-1919. Serial range approx. 282300-327641.
.32 SAFETY HAMMERLESS FIRST MODEL (LEMON SQUEEZER) Get Pricing .32 S&W cal., double action only, 5 shot fluted cylinder, 2 (rare), 3 (most common), 3 1/2, or 6 (rare) in. round barrel, blue or nickel, black rubber grips. This model was officially called the New Departure. 91,417 mfg. 1888-1902. Serial range 1-91417.
.32 Safety Hammerless First Model Standard Get Pricing 2, 3, 3 1/4, or 3 1/2 in. barrel.
.32 SAFETY HAMMERLESS SECOND MODEL Get Pricing 2 (rare), 3, 3 1/2, or 6 (rare) in. barrel, similar to First Model with pinned front sight and T-shaped latch. 78,500 mfg. 1902-1909. Serial range 91418-170000.
.32 SAFETY HAMMERLESS THIRD MODEL Get Pricing 2 (rare), 3, 3 1/2, or 6 (rare) in. barrel, usually has forged front sight. 73,000 mfg. 1909-1937. Serial range 163082-242981 (with some overlap from the Second Model).
.38 SINGLE ACTION FIRST MODEL (BABY RUSSIAN) WITH SPUR TRIGGER Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., 5 shot fluted cylinder, 3 1/4 or 4 in. barrel, blue with wood grips, nickel with "S&W" monogram hard black or red rubber grips. 25,548 mfg. 1876-1877. Serial range 1-25548.
.38 SINGLE ACTION SECOND MODEL Get Pricing similar to above, except very short ejector housing under barrel, cal. and cylinder same as above, 3 1/4, 4, 5 (scarce), 6 (scarce), 8 (rare), or 10 (rare) in. barrel, grips same as above. 108,225 mfg. 1877-1891. Serial range 1-108255.
.38 SINGLE ACTION THIRD MODEL (MODEL OF 1891) Get Pricing similar to above, except has trigger guard, cal. and cylinder same as above, 3 1/4, 4, 5 (scarce), or 6 (scarce) in. barrel (also accepts the single shot barrel), blue or nickel finish with "S&W" monogram, hard black rubber grips. 26,850 mfg. 1891-1911. Serial range 1-28107 which also includes the serial number range of the Single Action First Model in .22 LR, .32 S&W, or .38 S&W cal. and the .38 S.A. Mexican Model described below. Barrel marked "Model of 1891".
.38 SINGLE ACTION MEXICAN MODEL Get Pricing essentially same as above, except has inserted spur trigger, .38 S&W cal., 5 shot fluted cylinder, 3 1/4, 4, 5, or 6 in. barrel, blue or nickel finish, "S&W" monogram checkered hard rubber or walnut grips. Features unique to this model are flat sided hammer, half cock notch, and "inserted" spur trigger assembly (not integral with frame). This model would also accept the single shot barrel, limited mfg. 1891-1911. Approx. 2,000 mfg. in ser. no. range 1-28107. Watch out for fakes (and conversions)!
.38 DOUBLE ACTION FIRST MODEL Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., 5 shot fluted cylinder, 3 1/4 or 4 in. barrel, blue or nickel finish, "S&W" monogram checkered hard rubber grips. 4,000 mfg. 1880. Serial range 1-4000.
.38 DOUBLE ACTION SECOND MODEL Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., cylinder same as above, 3 1/4, 4, 5, or 6 in. barrel, blue or nickel finish, "S&W" monogram checkered hard rubber grips in black or red. 115,000 mfg. 1880-1884. Serial range approx. 4001-approx. 119000.
.38 DOUBLE ACTION THIRD MODEL Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., cylinder same as above, 2 (rare), 3 1/4, 4, 5, 6, 8, or 10 in. barrel, blue or nickel finish, "S&W" monogram hard rubber grips. 203,700 mfg. 1884-1895. Serial range approx. 119001-322700.
.38 DOUBLE ACTION FOURTH MODEL Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., cylinder same as above, 2 (rare), 3 1/4, 4, 5, or 6 in. barrel, blue or nickel finish, "S&W" monogram checkered hard rubber grips, also offered in an extended square butt target style. 216,300 mfg. 1895-1909. Serial range 322701-539000.
.38 DOUBLE ACTION FIFTH MODEL Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., 3 1/4, 4, 5, or 6 in. barrel, cylinder and grip specifications same as above with the additional availability of an extended square butt target style walnut grip as an accessory. 15,000 mfg. 1909-1911. Serial range approx. 539001-554077.
.38 DOUBLE ACTION PERFECTED MODEL Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., 3 1/4, 4, 5, or 6 in. barrel, trigger guard is integral part of frame, and side plate is on right side, not left side. The last of the S&W break open revolvers. 59,400 mfg. 1909-1920. Serial range 1-59400. Identified by having both top latch and side latch.
.38 Double Action Perfected Model Top Latch Only Get Pricing as above, except no side latch thumbpiece - rare.
.38 SAFETY HAMMERLESS FIRST MODEL (.38 NEW DEPARTURE) Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., 5 shot fluted cylinder, 3 1/4, 4, or 5 in. barrel, blue or nickel finish, "S&W" monogram checkered hard rubber grips, features "Z-Bar" latch. Approx. 5,000 mfg. in 1887. Serial range 1-5250.
.38 SAFETY HAMMERLESS SECOND MODEL Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., cylinder same as above, 3 1/4, 4, or 5 in. barrel, finish and grips same as above. 37,350 mfg. 1887-1890. Serial range approx. 5251-42483.
U.S. MARTIALLY MARKED Get Pricing 100 purchased by Govt. in 1890, serial range 41333 - 41470, serial numbers in Second Model range, but are true Third Models.
.38 SAFETY HAMMERLESS THIRD MODEL Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., cylinder same as above, 3 1/4, 4, 5, or 6 in. barrel, finish and grips same as above. 73,500 mfg. 1890-1898. Serial range 42484-116002.
.38 SAFETY HAMMERLESS FOURTH MODEL Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., cylinder, barrel lengths, finishes and grips same as above. 104,000 mfg. 1898-1907. Serial range 116003 to approx. 220000.
.38 SAFETY HAMMERLESS FIFTH MODEL Get Pricing .38 S&W cal., cylinder same as above, 2 (rare), 3 1/4, 4, 5, or 6 in. barrel, blue or nickel finish, "S&W" monogram checkered hard rubber or checkered walnut grips. 41,500 mfg. 1907-1940. Serial range 220000-261493.
MODEL 3 AMERICAN FIRST MODEL (SINGLE ACTION) Get Pricing .44 S&W American or .44 rimfire Henry cal., single action, 6 shot fluted cylinder, 6, 7, or 8 in. round barrel, blue or nickel finish, walnut grips. 8,000 mfg. 1870-1872. Serial range 1-approx. 8000. Serial number overlaps on the variations below are known to exist.
Model 3 American First Model Transitional Get Pricing includes locking notch on hammer, with small trigger pin, serial range 6700-8000.
Model 3 American First Model U.S. Marked Get Pricing approx. 1,000 mfg., 800 in blue, and 200 in nickel finish, most nickel plated revolvers are serial numbered above 1,950 - watch for fakes. Serial range 125 - 2199.
Model 3 American First Model Nashville Police Get Pricing very rare, only 32 manufactured, marked "Nashville Police" on backstrap. Scarcity precludes accurate pricing - beware of fakes.
MODEL 3 AMERICAN SECOND MODEL Get Pricing .44 S&W American or .44 rimfire Henry cal., single action, 6 shot fluted cylinder, mechanism allows the hammer to lock the barrel latch in place, larger trigger pin, 5, 5 1/2, 6, 6 1/2, 7, or 8 in. barrel, blue or nickel, walnut grips. 19,635 mfg. 1872-1874, serial range approx. 8000-32800 which includes commercial version of Model 3 Russian First Model.
Model 3 American Second Model Standard Get Pricing .44 S&W American cal., 8 in. barrel standard length.
Model 3 American Second Model Standard .44 Rimfire Henry Get Pricing 6, 7, or 8 in. barrel, non-locking hammer below approx. serial number 25000. 3,014 mfg.
MODEL 3 FIRST MODEL RUSSIAN (OLD OLD MODEL RUSSIAN) Get Pricing .44 S&W Russian, 6, 7, or 8 in. barrel, Russian contract revolvers had 8 in. barrels, blue finish, and Cyrillic barrel markings, commercial mfg. had blue or nickel finish, walnut grips, looks similar to First and Second Model American. 5,165 mfg. 1871-1874 for commercial sale and 20,014 for Russian Contract (separate ser. no. range). Serial range 6000-32800, see Model 3 Second Model American.
Model 3 First Model Russian Reject Russian Contract Get Pricing approx. 500 mfg., can be determined by the barrel, latch, and cylinder having a full serial number, rather than assembly numbers.
Model 3 First Model Russian Russian Contract Get Pricing 20,014 mfg., rare, most sent to Russia, Cyrillic marked. Serial range 1-approx. 20,014.
MODEL 3 SECOND MODEL RUSSIAN (OLD MODEL RUSSIAN) Get Pricing 2nd and 3rd Model Russians have an extreme knuckle at the top of backstrap and trigger guard spur, 85,200 mfg. in all variations between 1873-1878, 7 in. barrel, small screw in top-strap of frame, features longer ejector housing and "Russian Model" marking on top of barrel. Ser. nos. started at 32800.
Model 3 Second Model Russian Contract Get Pricing approx. 70,000 mfg. for Russian Military contract, Cyrillic marked, rare in U.S.
Model 3 Second Model Turkish Model Get Pricing 1,000 mfg. in their own serial number range in .44 Rimfire, features rimfire hammer, but the cylinder is chambered for .44 Russian. This is probably the rarest and most valuable variation.
Model 3 Second Model Japanese Contract Get Pricing may be marked with an anchor.
MODEL 3 THIRD MODEL RUSSIAN Get Pricing commonly called the "New Model Russian" and is similar to old model, except has shorter extractor housing, 6 1/2 in. barrel, front sight is forged as an integral part of barrel instead of an interchangeable part, large knurled screw in top-strap of frame, shorter ejector housing, butt is usually marked with "1874" in a square, approx. 60,600 mfg. 1874-1878. Values are similar to old model for comparable variations. In addition, the Tula Arsenal in Russia also mfg. 300,000-400,000 pistols for domestic use and Ludwig & Loewe in Germany mfg. 100,000.
Model 3 Third Model Russian Contract Get Pricing 41,138 mfg. Cyrillic markings.
Model 3 Third Model Russian Ludwig & Loewe, & Tula Copies Get Pricing these copies were manufactured by private Foreign Arsenals, as contracted by the Russian Government to circumvent paying contractual obligations to Smith & Wesson. These are not Smith & Wesson manufacture; however, the quality is impeccable and in some aspects, not only meets but exceeds the quality and craftsmanship of those manufactured by Smith & Wesson.
Model 3 Third Model Turkish Contract Get Pricing 5,000 mfg., utilizes .44 Russian cylinder - chambered for .44 Rimfire.
MODEL 3 SCHOFIELD FIRST MODEL Get Pricing .45 S&W cal., single action, 7 in. barrel, 6 shot fluted cylinder, blue finish only, walnut grips, serial no. range 1-3035. 3,035 mfg. 1875.
Model 3 Schofield First U.S. Issue Get Pricing 3,000 mfg., "U.S." marked.
Model 3 Schofield First Commercial Model (not U.S. marked) Get Pricing 35 were produced without U.S. markings, very rare - beware of fakes - there could be more phony ones than real ones.
Model 3 Schofield First Wells Fargo and Company Get Pricing barrel cut to approx. 5 in. with Wells Fargo markings.
MODEL 3 SCHOFIELD SECOND MODEL Get Pricing serial no. range 3036-8969. Mfg. 1876-1877.
Model 3 Schofield Second Commercial Model Get Pricing blue or nickel finish, 650 mfg.
Model 3 Schofield Second Wells Fargo and Company Get Pricing barrel cut to 5 in. with Wells Fargo markings.
NEW MODEL NO. 3 Get Pricing features very short extractor housing under the barrel, barrel lengths are from 3 1/2 to 8 in., with 6 1/2 in. standard, knuckle on backstrap is less pronounced than Russian Models, single action, round butt. 35,796 mfg. between 1878-1912.
New Model No. 3 Japanese Navy Model Get Pricing Japan purchased approx. 1/3 of total production.
New Model No. 3 Australian Model Get Pricing 7 in. barrel, detachable stock, for Australian Colonial Police, broad arrow marking on both pistol and stock, stocks were originally numbered to the matching pistol, but are seldom seen with matching numbers today, approx. 250 mfg., usually found in the low 12,000-low 13,000 ser. no. range.
New Model No. 3 Argentine Model Get Pricing unknown total production, marked "Ejercito Argentina" (very rare).
New Model No. 3 State of Maryland Model Get Pricing "U.S." marked, serial number range 7126-7405.
New Model No. 3 Frontier Japanese Purchase Get Pricing 786 converted to .44 Russian cal., cylinder should measure 1 9/16 in., in the Frontier serial range of 1-2072.
New Model No. 3 Frontier Get Pricing .44-40 WCF cal., single action, 4, 5, or 6 1/2 in. barrel, blue or nickel finish, walnut or hard rubber grips, ser. no. range 1-2072. 2,072 mfg. 1885-1908.
New Model No. 3 - .38-40 WCF Get Pricing separate ser. range, only 74 mfg., ser. no. 1-74. Mfg. 1900-1907.
New Model No. 3 Target Model Get Pricing .32-44 S&W or .38-44 S&W cal., target sights, ser. no. range 1-4333. 4,333 mfg. between 1887-1910.
New Model No. 3 Turkish Get Pricing .44 rimfire cal., 5,461 mfg. 1879-1888, in separate serial number series, 1 - 5461.
.44 CAL. DOUBLE ACTION FIRST MODEL Get Pricing .32-44 (rare), .38-44 (rare), .38 Military (rare), .44 S&W Russian (most common), and .455 (rare) cal., caliber markings on later production for .44 S&W Russian is ".44 Smith & Wesson", 6 shot fluted cylinder, 4, 5, 6, or 6 1/2 in. barrel, blue or nickel finish, "S&W" monogram checkered hard rubber or walnut grips. Walnut grips with "S&W" inlays will be found after 1900. 53,590 mfg. 1881-1913. Serial range 1-54668.
.44 Cal. Double Action First Model Wesson Favorite Get Pricing similar to Standard Model, but in 5 in. barrel only with special front sight, blue or nickel finish, patent markings are on the cylinder rather than on the barrel, grooved barrel rib, external and internal lightening cuts to reduce weight. Approx. 1,000 mfg. 1882-1883. Serial numbers within the .44 Double Action First Model range, approx. 8900 - 10100.
.38 WIN. DOUBLE ACTION Get Pricing .38-40 WCF cal., 4, 5, 6, or 6 1/2 in. barrel, only 276 mfg. in separate ser. range 1-276. Mfg. 1900-1910.
.44 DOUBLE ACTION FRONTIER Get Pricing .44-40 WCF cal., 4, 5, 6, or 6 1/2 in. barrel, only 15,340 mfg. in separate ser. range 1-15340. Mfg. 1886-1913.
.44 DOUBLE ACTION WESSON FAVORITE Get Pricing .44 S&W Russian cal., ser. no. range 8900-10100. Approx. 1,000 mfg. 1882-1883.
SMITH & WESSON TOP-BREAKS These revolvers have a latch just in front of the hammer, which locks the barrel to the frame. When the action is opened, the barrel & cylinder tip down, with an automatic extractor ejecting the shells. Mfg. 1870-1940, they include single action (spur-trigger or trigger guard), double action, and safety hammerless designs. They are listed in order of frame size. Model 1 1/2 is the smallest or .32 cal. pocket sized frame; Model 2 is the medium or .38 cal. belt sized frame; Model 3 is the large holster or .44 cal. frame. Within each frame size, they are listed by action type - SA, DA, or Hammerless, as applicable.
Changes from one Top-Break model type to another are not necessarily definitive at a specific serial number. Therefore, an overlap of serial numbers from one model to another may be observed.

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