Chambered in. It was produced in three varieties from throughwith total production exceedingA less common 4-inch barrel variety was also sold. Serial numbers range from 1 through to approximately 26, There is also a transitional model 2nd issue that uses the unfluted 1st issue barrels. The serial numbers for these transitional models span approximately 27, through 28, It can be readily distinguished from the first two issues by its lack of ejector rod under the barrel, the large hinge in front of, and just below the barrel, and the extractor that ejects spent cartridges when the barrel is hinged downward.
The grip is rounded at the butt, and is similar in appearance to that on the 2nd Issue. This revolver marked the debut of the. Serial numbers ranged from 1 to approximately 97, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Type of Revolver. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. Model 2 Model 3 Safety Hammerless. Model 30 Model 34 Kit Gun. Triple Lock. Model Model Model Horace Smith Daniel B.
Hidden categories: Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Use dmy dates from June Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version.It was the first commercially successful revolver to use rimfire cartridges instead of loose powdermusket balland percussion caps.
It is a single-actiontip-up revolver holding seven. Wesson were researching a prototype for a metallic cartridge revolver. When they discovered that a former Colt employee named Rollin White held the patent for a "Bored-through" cylinder, a component needed for this new invention, the two partners approached White to manufacture a newly designed revolver-and-cartridge combination.
The Model 1 had three issues or major variants, with each subsequent issue introducing significant technical changes. The 1st Issue of the Model 1 was the first major iteration and the least commonwith approximately 12, produced over a three-year period. The features that easily distinguish the 1st issue are the flared, square cornered shaped grip also seen in the 2nd Issuethe small round side plate, the round profile of the frame between the back of the cylinder and the grip, a split articulated hammer, and the flat spring barrel latch seen in some early variants.
There are six known variations of the Model 1, first identified in an article by John Kountz in the April issue of "The Gun Report". In this article, Kountz noted specific differences in the recoil shield, the barrel latch the first two variations used a dart style flat spring catch, while later variations used a larger bayonet releasethe rifling and other subtle differences.
Serial numbers were issued sequentially for the Model 1 1st Issues ranging from 1 through approximately 12, The 2nd Issue of the Model 1 looks similar to the 1st Issue, with several notable differences.
The side plate on the 2nd Issue is much larger and irregularly shaped. The profile of the frame is flatter a likely concession for manufacturing efficiencyand the hammer is one piece. Model 1 2nd Issues retain the flared, square cornered shaped grip and the octagonal tip-up style frame, and at first glance the two issues are easy to confuse. There are several variations of the 2nd Issue guns. Variants between serial numbers 12, through to about 20, involve the shape of the side plate "straight" or "round"the design of the trigger spring flat spring, V spring or coil springand the number of patent dates on the cylinder two or three.
There was also a decrease in the size of the barrel roll stamps at around serial number 95, There were approximately2nd Issues produced from throughwith serial numbers ranging from approximately 12, following the 1st Issue through to approximatelyThe Model 1, 3rd Issue represented a substantial redesign for the Model 1, with a fluted cylinder, a round barrel and a rounded "bird's head" style grip.
Variants include the "square" and "triangular" top strap design that changed around serial number 9, The 3rd Issue guns were produced from through with serial numbers from 1 through approximatelyThe Model 1 was in popular demand with the outbreak of the American Civil War as soldiers from all ranks on both sides of the conflict made private purchases of the revolvers for self-defense. This popularity led to numerous knockoffs and patent infringements by other armsmakers.
The courts mostly allowed these manufacturers to continue production runs, with a royalty on each revolver paid to White. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Type of Revolver. This is a two patent date variety shown next to a period box of.
Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. Globe Pequot Press. Rifles of the World 3 ed. Krause Publications.Click Here To Find Out! Determining Manufacture Year of First, welcome to the forum! Second, you have purchased a great revolver.
I bought its younger brother in February Its exactly like yours with a 6" barrel but its serial number is slightly higher at NXX.
So your should have been made in the early s. I don't have my reference books handy, but others may come along and give you a more exact time frame.
Did you by any chance also get the box, papers and original grips with it?
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That would be icing on the cake. Can't improve on that. Thanks friend. The dealer didn't have original box or papers. He said the owner needed cash and had to part with it. I bought new grips, 3 speed loaders, and a handsome Galco holster. What a great unofficial birthday gift; unofficial because I bought it for myself.
I absolutely love it, in fact it is sitting here next to me calling me to take it out to the range. Last edited by cmercer62; at AM.
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Get ready! PA Reb, I couldn't work in a gun store. I'd be broke all the time! Terms of Service.Click Here To Find Out! If you have the original box, please post the Special Order Code probably 6 with three digits following and we can let you know how old it is.
Is yours the new Model 66 with the lock? On the box the spec. Your model was ready to ship probably close to the production date on the 6th day ofor January 6. Originally Posted by murphydog.
Last edited by Voyager28; at PM. M 2. Just this year alone this barrel length in the M66 has become hotter than Georgia asphalt.
That is not to say they will sell but a couple of folks think it is worth the effort to try and get that high of a price. If I recall only the -1 came as a complete package, I lost interest quickly but still bookmark them so I can follow the results.
It came with the original Goodyear's. Attached Thumbnails. Kernel Crittenden. Originally Posted by Uponashelf. Last edited by Kernel Crittenden; at AM. The serial number on the box matches the serial number on the gun. So it is the original blue box, still has the brown wax paper inside with all the accessories that it came with.
I have put rounds through it. Beautiful gun, in near mint condition. Sorry haven't figured out how to post multiple pictures.
I revise and extend my previous value estimate to But you'll regret selling it if you are considering this. Date of your First the special order code means the "7" and the means the 6th day of that the label was created and the gun was inventoried.
The was from toyours overlapped to One piece boxes like your was from to The ANR prefix was used from to AAbout 30 bucks on Amazon. Best 30 bucks you can ever spend!!!
Last edited by haris1; at AM. Reason: typo. With the latest info just posted what would you say the value of this gun is??
Thanks again. Some lose all sense of I'd like to thank you all for the great info, I inherited this gun from my dad, so for now I think I'll hold onto it just for that reason. Terms of Service. All times are GMT The time now is PM.
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If you own a Smith and Wesson handgun, you might be interested in finding out some more information on your particular gun. Once you locate the serial number, then you are able to do some research and find out a little history on your gun. Keep in mind that many Smith and Wesson guns produced before did not have a serial number stamped on them.
These older guns will take a little more effort to find out their history. For those Smith Wesson with serial numbers, see the pictures below to find where to look.
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On the Sigma series and the SW99 models, you will find the serial number in the locations shown in the pictures below. Once you've located the serial number, then you can try to contact Smith and Wesson and see if they can give you an information about your particular gun like date of manufacture or other specific details. You can try to contact their customer support by phone and see if they would be willing to help you that way.
You can send them a picture and they can find out more of the background on your gun along with the date manufactured. If that doesn't work, then you could try to contact a gun shop and see if they can help you.
Furthermore, some internet forums are filled with helpful and knowledgeable people that would be happy to help try to interpret the serial number on your handgun.
Thankfully, most people will probably have a newer gun with the serial numbers, and it should be relatively easy to get more background information using that number. The old guns without the serial numbers are the ones that can be a little trickier. Main Home Page Main site home page. Serial Numbers on Smith and Wesson Firearms If you own a Smith and Wesson handgun, you might be interested in finding out some more information on your particular gun.
Smith Wesson Serial Numbers - Sigma Series Smith Wesson Serial Numbers - SW99 Once you've located the serial number, then you can try to contact Smith and Wesson and see if they can give you an information about your particular gun like date of manufacture or other specific details.In production sincethe Model 10 is a six-shot. Over its long production run it has been available with barrel lengths of 2 in 51 mm3 in 76 mm4 in mm5 in mmand 6 in mm. Some 6, of the type have been produced over the years, making it the most popular handgun of the 20th century.
The trigger return spring is a flat leaf rather than the coil spring-powered slide used in variations dating from onwards. Most of the early MP revolvers chambered in. BySW was offering the. The hammer was added later and is in the general form of the King Gun Shop modification usually intended for the timed and rapid fire portions of the NRA course.
The MP revolver was issued in large numbers during World War I, where it proved itself to be a highly reliable and accurate weapon. Although WWI saw the rise of semi-automatic pistols, revolvers such as the MP were used in vast numbers as semi-automatic handgun production at the time wasnt sufficient to meet the demand. It would also become very popular with civilian shooters, with several new models being made, including the first snubnosed 2- 2.
The Victory Model was a standard-issue sidearm for United States Navy and Marine Corps aircrews, and was also used by security guards at factories and defense installations throughout the United States during the war. Army helicopter crew members and female military police officers were equipped with.
Rechambering of. Lee Harvey Oswald was carrying a re-chambered Victory Model when he was apprehended on November 22, Other distinguishing features of the Victory Model revolver are the lanyard loop at the bottom of the grip frame, and the use of smooth rather than checkered walnut grip panels. Along with cosmetic changes and replacement of the frame fitting grip with the Magna stocks, the spring-loaded hammer block safety gave way to a cam-actuated hammer block that rode in a channel in the side plate Smith InSmith Wesson adopted the convention of using numeric designations to distinguish their various models of handguns, and the MP was renamed the Model Thanks for following!
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