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SMITH & WESSON

Smith & Wessons have been classified under the following category names: PISTOLS: LEVER ACTION, ANTIQUE, TIP-UPS, TOP-BREAKS, SINGLE SHOTS, EARLY HAND EJECTORS (Named Models), NUMBERED MODEL REVOLVERS (Modern Hand Ejectors), SEMI-AUTOS, RIFLES, and SHOTGUNS.
Each category is fairly self-explanatory. Among the early revolvers, Tip-ups have barrels that tip up so the cylinder can be removed for loading or unloading, whereas Top-breaks have barrels & cylinders that tip down with automatic ejection.
Hand Ejectors are the modern type revolvers with swing out cylinders. In 1957, S&W began a system of numbering all models they made. Accordingly, the Hand Ejectors have been divided into two sections - the Early Hand Ejectors include the named models introduced prior to 1958. The Numbered Model Revolvers are the models introduced or continued after that date, and are easily identified by the model number stamped on the side of the frame, visible when the cylinder is open.
Factory special orders, such as ivory or pearl grips, special finishes, engraving, and other production rarities will add premiums to the values listed. After 1893, all ivory and pearl grips had the metal S&W logo medallions inserted on top.
FACTORY LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY - S&W charges $50 for a formal letter of authenticity. A form is available for downloading on their website: www.smith-wesson.com for this service. Turnaround time is usually 8-12 weeks.
For more information and current pricing on both new and used Smith & Wesson airguns, please refer to the Blue Book of Airguns - also available as an online subscription.
Current manufacturer located in Springfield, MA, 1857 to date. Partnership with Horace Smith & Daniel B. Wesson 1856-1874. Family owned by Wesson 1874-1965. S&W became a subsidiary of Bangor-Punta from 1965-1983. Between 1983-1987, Smith & Wesson was owned by the Lear Siegler Co. On May 22, 1987, Smith & Wesson was sold to R.L. Tomkins, an English holding company. During 2001, Tomkins sold Smith & Wesson to Saf-T-Hammer, an Arizona-based safety and security company. Smith & Wesson was the primary distributor for most Walther firearms and accessories in the United States from 2002-2012. During 2012, Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen and Umarex announced the formation of Walther Arms, Inc. to import, sell, and market all Walther products in the U.S. beginning Jan. 1, 2013. On Oct. 1, 2021, Smith & Wesson announced they would be relocating headquarters to Maryville, TN in the mid-2020s, but would maintain operations at their Springfield, MA facility.
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SMITH & WESSON Firearms Models

SMITH & WESSON NO. 1 (SMALL FRAME) Image

SMITH & WESSON NO. 1 (SMALL FRAME)

.31 cal., 4 in. half-round barrel, steel frame, moderate rose and scroll engraving, varnished walnut (bag style shape standard), or ivory grips, blue frame with brown barrel assembly, approx. 1,200-1,300 mfg.

SMITH & WESSON NO. 2 (LARGE FRAME) Image

SMITH & WESSON NO. 2 (LARGE FRAME)

.41 cal., 6 or 8 in. half-round barrel, steel frame, moderate rose and scroll engraving, flared type flat bottom design varnished walnut grips, blue frame with brown barrel assembly, approx. 500 mfg.

SMITH & WESSON SECOND MODEL .22 LR Image

SMITH & WESSON SECOND MODEL .22 LR

similar to First Model, but will not accommodate a revolver cylinder, flatsided frame (does not have recoil shield) 6 (rare), 8, or 10 in. barrel, single action trigger, black hard rubber extension grips, 4,617 mfg. 1905-1909. Ser. range 1-...

SMITH & WESSON MODEL NO. 1 FIRST ISSUE TIP-UP Image

SMITH & WESSON MODEL NO. 1 FIRST ISSUE TIP-UP

.22 Short cal., single action, 7 shot non-fluted cylinder, 3-3/16 in. octagon barrel, bottom break, spur trigger, silver-plated brass frame, blue barrel and cylinder, square rosewood grips, circular sideplate, cross-section of frame is oval...

SMITH & WESSON .32 DOUBLE ACTION FOURTH MODEL Image

SMITH & WESSON .32 DOUBLE ACTION FOURTH MODEL

.32 S&W cal., 3, 3-1/2, 6 (scarce), 8 (rare) or 10 (rare) in. barrel, 5 shot, no groove around fluted cylinder, rounded trigger guard, pinned front sight, black rubber grips, irregular shaped sideplate, serial range 43406-approx. 282999, bl...

SMITH & WESSON .32 DOUBLE ACTION FIFTH MODEL Image

SMITH & WESSON .32 DOUBLE ACTION FIFTH MODEL

.32 S&W cal., 3, 3-1/2, or 6 (scarce) in. barrel, 5 shot, no groove around fluted cylinder, rounded trigger guard, integral front sight, black rubber grips, irregular shaped sideplate, serial range approx. 282300-327641, blue or nickel fini...

SMITH & WESSON .38 DOUBLE ACTION FIFTH MODEL Image

SMITH & WESSON .38 DOUBLE ACTION FIFTH MODEL

.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....

SMITH & WESSON U.S. MARTIALLY MARKED Image

SMITH & WESSON U.S. MARTIALLY MARKED

100 purchased by Govt. in 1890, fitted with 6 in. barrels, marked "U.S.", serial range 41333 - 41470, serial numbers in Second Model range, but are true Third Models. Factory letter should be attained before purchase.

SMITH & WESSON MODEL 3 AMERICAN SECOND MODEL Image

SMITH & WESSON MODEL 3 AMERICAN SECOND MODEL

.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. ...

SMITH & WESSON MODEL 3 THIRD MODEL RUSSIAN Image

SMITH & WESSON MODEL 3 THIRD MODEL RUSSIAN

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 scr...

SMITH & WESSON NEW MODEL NO. 3 Image

SMITH & WESSON NEW MODEL NO. 3

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. ...