A rare American Civil War era 6 shot .32 rim-fire tip-up revolver by Smith & Wesson. Circa 1861. The 6 inch barrel engraved on top SMITH & WESSON. SPRINGFIELD. MASS PAT.D. APR.3.55 JULY 5.59 & DEC 18.60. This Smith & Wesson revolver is a number 2 old model revolver also known as the model No.2 Army. The Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army is a single action tip-up revolver, on which the barrel pivoted upwards, hinged on the forward end of the topstrap. It can be identified by its octagonal barrel, smooth cylinder (lacking fluting) and the flat shape of the grip butt. For a Civil War soldier owning a revolver as a Backup-Gun was important, so Smith & Wesson's revolvers particularly the Army Model 2 came into popular demand with the outbreak of the American Civil War. Soldiers and officers on both sides of the conflict made private purchases of the revolvers for self-defence. George Armstrong Custer is known to have owned a pair of cased and engraved S & W Army Model 2 revolvers. In working action (The cylinder stop is not working). Showing some signs of wear and in well used condition. Overall length 10.5 inches. Ref 3372.
This is an obsolete antique pistol and is sold as a collectors item only.
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