How to identify an old top break Smith and Wesson DA revolver?

How to identify an old top break Smith and Wesson DA revolver?

This is probably not an answer to your question but a question about a revolver I have that looks like yours. It is a breaktop S&W with three patent dates starting May 1880 and ending April 1889 or 99. It has an exposed hammer and is a double action. There are no caliber markings and only a serial # can be found on the Revolver (377902).

Are there any H & are top break revolvers?

H&R Premier 32 S&W Top break Revolver Parts Gun. Robert,. You have a First model “Shell Extracting” revolver made between up to the early ‘s. They were chambered for the S&W.Several years ago, Numrich Gun Parts Corporation purchased H&R’s remaining inventory, which consisted of several trailer loads of parts.

What was the purpose of the top break revolver?

Major George Schofield designed the Top Break as a cavalry pistol. Its efficient, break-open design could be operated with one hand. That made it easy to eject the spent cartridges and reload while on horseback. It was the Russian government that truly embraced the new side arm.

What kind of grips do top break revolvers have?

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How much does a Smith and Wesson top break cost?

Ian, S&W made a grunch of these old top breaks. So, unless there is some provenance, like it was owned by Mae West or John Wayne, they don’t sell for much. In the $200-350 range according to recent sales on If you have the original box, you may double that as the boxes often sell for more than the guns.

Which is the most famous Smith and Wesson revolver?

The Smith & Wesson Schofield (usually pronounced SKO-field rather than SHOW-field) revolver is probably the best known by the general public of any of the Model Threes, and the one most associated with the Old West in the collective American imagination.

What kind of ammo does a Smith and Wesson use?

The “.38 S&W” round is not the same as the more common, more powerful “.38 Special” round. While .38 S&W ammunition can be found, and modern, domestic ammo is downloaded out of deference to these old guns, I would have this Smith throughly checked out by a competent gunsmith before shooting it…

Where is the serial number on a Smith and Wesson?

The only serial number I can find is on the bottom of the grip but of the revolver. The number has only four digits, 36xx. The revolver is in very good mechanical condition with a clean up-pitted barrel. It locks up tight and appears to work well in both DA and SA modes. The finish however is mostly gone.

How big is the barrel on a Smith and Wesson?

The 3 1/4″ barrel is fairly typical for these guns as is 4″. Look at the top of the barrel rib to see if the patent dates are complete… if not, it would suggest that your gun may have been a longer 4″, 5″ or 6″ gun and cut down for pocket carry, also a common modification…