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Smith & Wesson 3rd Model DA Revolver in Original Box

This is an early S&W DA in .32 Caliber with 3" barrel and nickel finish that comes with its original factory box.  This is one of the more challenging variations to acquire especially still in the original box. The 3rd Model was produced from 1882-1883 with a total of 22,000 before the much more prolific 4th Model (240,000) made its debut later in the year and was produced up through the year 1909.  The serial number of this gun is in the 37,000 range and falls within the 3rd Model range 22,000-43,000.  Overall condition is NRA Excellent with metal retaining 92% bright original nickel with some flaking due to improper storage.  Both the hammer and trigger retain 85% original case colors while the trigger guard and barrel latch show 95% original blue.  Checkered hard rubber grips are perfect with sharp checkering, no chips, cracks, or repairs.  Action works perfectly in both single and double action modes.  Barrel locks up tight to frame with no play or wiggle.  Excellent bore...bright and shiny with perfect rifling.  The box is a little frayed on the corners but is in good solid condition and has survived 125 years with its original orange end label intact which correctly verifies the configuration of its little occupant.  It reads "SMITH AND WESSON / DOUBLE 32 ACTION / NICKEL. 3 INCH."   The inside of the box is missing a portion of the inner cardboard lining...otherwise its complete and this could be fixed quite easily if desired.  Original instructions are still intact on the underside of the lid and are completely legible.  A nice example of an Early 1880's vintage S&W Double Action.

Item# 0574




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