John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

 
S & W American 1st Mdl.
S & W American 1st Mdl.

‚ÄčA very historic pistol and a double rarity. It's not only a U.S issue pistol but also one of the few early ones with the vent hole drilled in it's extractor.  S & W sent a 1000 of these pistols to be tested by the U.S govt. in hopes of landing a govt. contract.  These guns were issued to Western Cav. troops and saw very hard service on the frontier. This pistol is in very good condition for one of these rare guns. It retains about 30% of it's factory blue. The bore is in pretty good shape with sharp rifling. The serial number (1337) is listed in Parson's book "Smith & Wesson's Revolvers.  There is a clear A (Ainsworth) inspector initial on the left frame. There's no cartouche left on the grip but there's a clear matching serial number on the inside . The U.S on the top of the barrel has been filed off in it's period of use. So it either went over the hill with the soldier who was issued it or it was auctioned  off to the public at the end of it's govt. period of service. I've owned  2 or 3 of these rare pistols over the past 40 years but this is the first one with a vent hole.  

* Roy Jenks has a intereting article on these large frame S&W's in the Oct.2018 "Man at Arms"

Price: $4,995.00