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Smith and Wesson S&W Model No 3 Russian Mfg 1876

Price: $1,495.00 | Product Code: No 3 | Availability: In Stock

The Smith & Wesson Model 3 was a single-action, cartridge-firing, top-break revolver produced by Smith & Wesson from circa 1870 to 1915. It was produced in several variations and sub-variations, including the "Russian Model", so named because it was supplied to the military of the Russian Empire. 41,000 No. 3's were ordered in .44 caliber by the Imperial Russian Army in 1871.

Smith & Wesson produced large numbers of the Model 3, in three distinct models, for the Russian Empire by special order. The first was the 1st Model Russian (the original order design). The Russian Ordnance Inspector mandated a number of improvements to the design, resulting in the 2nd Model Russian. A final revision to the Russian design became known as the 3rd Model Russian.

Smith & Wesson nearly went bankrupt as a result of their Russian Contract production. The Imperial government assigned a number of engineers and gunsmiths to reverse-engineer the Smith & Wesson design. They then began to produce copies of the revolver, both in their own arsenal at Tula and by contracting other manufacturers in Germany and elsewhere in Europe to manufacture copies of the revolver. This example has no finish and has been aggressively cleaned. It has a dark bore, but works mechanically. The firing pin has been repaired. The grips are worn, but the lanyard loop is intact.

This is a nice representative example, or for restoration.