Smith & Wesson S&W .38-44 — Model 3 Target Single Action Revolver Antique
SOLD FOR: $1,355.01
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: New Model Number Three Target
Serial Number: 2795
Year of Manufacture: 1895
Caliber: .38-44 Target (This is not the same as the .38-44 Heavy Duty)
Action Type: Single Action Top Break Revolver
Markings: The rib on top of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A. PAT’D JAN. 17 & 24. 65. JULY 11. 65 / AUG. 24. 69. APR. 20. 75. FEB. 20 & DEC. 18. 1877. REISSUE JULY 25. 1871”. The face of the cylinder is marked “2795”, as is the barrel, the barrel latch and the underside of the grip frame. The left side of the grip frame is marked “18356”. There is a “P” and a “5” marked on the frame that forms the bottom of the cylinder window.
Barrel Length: 6 ½”
Sights / Optics: The revolver is mounted with a pinned blade front sight that has an elongated bead. There is a rear sight that is adjustable for windage only, mounted on the barrel latch.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered hard black rubber. There are what appear to be numbers scratched into back of the right grip panel, but they are not legible. Also, the bottom of the right panel has been repaired with a material which is of a slightly different color than the original. The checkering is worn. The grips rate in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is has spots of erosion but the lands and grooves are clearly visible.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 0% of its metal finish. Instead, it has a brown patina covering most of the cylinder, barrel and frame. The trigger guard almost looks like it is in the white, as does the extractor star. There is some pinprick surface erosion. The screw heads are slightly distressed, but more than serviceable. The markings are clear except as noted. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This revolver has a cylinder that is 1 7/16” in length. We have not fired this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A Smith & Wesson factory letter, dated September 13, 2207 and signed by Roy Jinks is provided for this revolver.
Our Assessment: The Smith &Wesson New Model Number 3 Target revolver was the acme of the S&W single action only revolvers. It was the quality of these Smith’s and the records set with this model that moved Colt to come out with the Bisley as their target model. This is a great opportunity to fill out your collection with a truly classic target revolver.