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44 Russian Double Action 1st Model Smith & Wesson

The impressive S&W 44 Double Action First Model was manufactured between 1872-1874 and immediately became popular with those who only wanted to shoot someone once and be done with it - like John Wesley Hardin (he used SN 352 to lethal effect). This example is serial number 18613 which appears on the butt, inside one of the grip panels, on the cylinder and on the latch (the barrel and cylinder star are not numbered). It features 6” ribbed barrel six shot 1-7/18” long cylinder, knurled latch, auto ejecting, DA/SA, nickel finish, blued guard & latch, case colored trigger and hammer and checkered hard rubber grips with S&W monogram. It retains about 92% nickel plate which seems to have been buffed or cleaned in places while the bore is about 70% smooth and shiny with strong, sharp rifling and 30% scattered patches of light to moderate pitting (the chambers are perfect) and the grips are completely sound with only a couple of small, thin scratches and no flatted points, cracks or chips. The hammer and trigger retain about 95% case color. The action works perfectly, the hinge is still a little stiff while frame lock-up is completely tight (zero movement) and cylinder lock-up has only the slightest play (as tight as it gets for Smith’s). A very nice example of what was Big Medicine in its day (actually, still is a strong dose). If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of July 8th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 06-30-19A--19-24-31