z Sold ~ Civil War Era Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army revolver
z Sold ~ Civil War Era Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army revolver
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z Sold ~ Civil War Era Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army revolver

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Model 2, a full size pistol which utilized a .32 caliber bullet. Holding six rimfire copper cartridges, it had about the same power as the popular .36 cal. Colt Navy. Introduced just a few months before Fort Sumter, it was an immediate hit as soldiers of all ranks and anxious civilians stood in line to buy them. In fact it sold so well that S&W was forced to stop taking new orders in 1862 because they could not fill them. Because of its military associations the Model 2 quickly picked up the nickname Army or Old Army even though it was never officially adopted by the military. While the Federals never bought any at least one state government, Kentucky, procured 2600 for its cavalry and mounted infantry units. High-ranking officers like Ambrose Burnside and George Custer desired them, but company officers and common soldiers appreciated them also. This one is in remarkable good condition. The grips are sound with no chips or cracks and still shows about 50% original varnish. Some blue remains in protected areas and the metal is very smooth with only a tiny bit of rust around hinge area from black powder loads. This revolver is serial #11535 ship from the factory in March of 1863. The action works perfectly and locks up tight every time. The barrel hinge is solid and the latch locks up securely.The bore has very strong rifling with some very light pitting. All markings are crisp and clear. The barrel is marked (Smith&Wesson Springfield Mass.) The cylinder is marked (Patended April 3, 1855. July 5,1859. and Dec 18,1860.)

This is an ANTIQUE and can be shipped directly to you. Adult signature required. Sold as an Antique ~ no guarantees, warranties, or liabilities for any actual usage. If any firearms are to be used for shooting purposes, a qualified gunsmith should inspect them first.

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