A scarce U.S. Civil War Era American tip up .32 rim-fire revolver made by the world famous Smith & Wesson of Springfield Mass. Circa 1861-1865. The 3.5 inch barrel marked on top with the name "SMITH & WESSON, SPRINGFIELD MASS. PAT.D. APR 3.1855 & JULY 5.1859". Two piece wooden grips. At the time the Civil War started, Smith & Wesson was the only manufacturer of revolvers using a bored-through cylinder. A feature which was required in order to efficiently use the modern cartridge ammunition of the time. Since 1857 the firm's only production firearm had been the Model 1 revolver in .22 rim-fire calibre. While the market was good for its .22 cal pocket pistol, S&W recognised its limitations early on and wanted to answer the growing demand for a larger calibre design with the advantages of the Model 1. Their solution to this demand was a scaled up version of their latest .22 cal revolver, the Model 1 Second Issue. A great many of the orders S & W received during the Civil War came from soldiers or men soon to be soldiers. Those looking for dependable protection could do no better than the Smith & Wesson which could be loaded quickly with waterproof metallic ammunition and was of a size suitable for the belt or a small holster. It is generally acknowledged that a significant number of smith & Wesson revolvers saw service, sometimes quite active service, in the U.S. Civil War. Overall length 8.5 inches. Action in good working order. In good condition showing some signs of use. Ref 1560.
This is an obsolete antique pistol and is sold as a collectors item only.
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