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Smith and Wesson 38 DA 1st Model Revolver w/ Square Side Plate

This is a scarce example of a First Model Double Action Smith and Wesson Pocket Revolver in .38 caliber S&W. Standard 3-1/4" barrel with five shot cylinder, nickel finish, and checkered black hard rubber grips. The First Model, with its distinctive square-shaped sideplate, was produced for only a few months in the year 1880. Only 4,000 1st Models were produced before S&W changed the design to an oval shaped sideplate...a.k.a. the 2nd Model. The serial number of this particular example is in the 2,900 range w/ matching numbers which includes the barrel, frame, latch, cylinder, and grips. Note the other early features on this revolver...such as the squared trigger guard, dual cylinder stops, and lack of a full reinforcing web on the back of the trigger. The patent dates on top of the barrel only run from 1865-1875.

Overall Condition is NRA Antique Excellent Plus with 99+% Original nickel plating on the frame and barrel. Cylinder has 96% original nickel remaining. Excellent case colors on the hammer and trigger while the trigger guard and barrel catch retain most of their original blued finish. Checkered hard rubber grips are Excellent with no chips, cracks, or repairs. If you look closely, you can still see the Jan 29, 1878 patent date running across the bottom edge of the left grip panel. The action is perfect in both double and single action modes. Bore is Excellent...still bright and shiny. A wonderful example of a First Model 38 DA that seldom comes on the market with this level of condition. This would be the cornerstone to any S&W DA pocket revolver collection.

Item# 1433




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