Smith and Wesson Double Action First Model, .44 Russian
Smith and Wesson introduced their first double action revolver in 1880, although they had been working on a design since 1872, and produced various prototypes based on the .44 Russian model for the Russian government (who never bought any...). The first model to be released was actually the .38 caliber, followed by the .32, and in 1881 by the .44. For this reason, this model is variously known as the Double Action First Model, New Model Navy No. 3, and 3rd Model Double Action Top Break. At any rate, it is one of S&W's crowning achievements, in my opinion. I have rarely held a better gun...
This specimen is in amazing, excellent condition. The nickel plating is 99% intact, and looks to be original. The nitre-blue coloring on the hammer and trigger guard is vibrant, the mother-of-pearl grips are excellent with bright, irredescent, deep shades. This is one of the earlier models, with the 1 7/16 cylinder, and it has a rare lanyard ring. The action is absolutely crisp and tight, the cylinder indexes correctly and locks up perfectly. The bore is bright and clean, with very sharp rifling and minor spotting in the bore. All matching numbers on the frame, barrel, cylinder and latch. 6 1/2 inch barrel, SN 22537, rated excellent overall.

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