US-Army Revolver Smith & Wesson No. 3, Schofield Typ
Since 1870 Smith & Wesson produced the Model No3 as its first bigbore revolver. The gun itself was a great commercial success and was produced in five different variants: the „American Model“, „Russian Model“, „Schofield Model“, „New Model“ and the „Target Model“. The total number of Typ 3 models produced was around 120.000. Major clients were the US-Army and the Russian Empire.
The Schofield Model was an improved version with a modified locking system, that had been patented by George W. Schofield. From 1880 onwards the Schofield Model was sold to civilians. The Army surplused its stocks also in 1880 and the Model No 3 was sold to the National Guard as well as the Wells Fargo Express Company.
In the 19th C. nickel-plating of guns was a common practice to increase rust resistence and to protect the weapon from moisture.
The S&W Model No 3 is „the gun that won the West“!
Dimensions: 36 cm
Weight: 1,145 g
Epoch: Western and American Civil War 1861-1899