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Old 07-28-2016, 10:45 AM
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Good morning. I bought a few old Smiths yesterday and appreciate any ID Help. This one is a top break last pat date is July 25, 1871. Looks to be original nickel finish. Hammer and trigger are blued. Barrel address is very crisp. I'm guessing it to be a 38 short.
Serial is 19875 on gun butt and inside cylinder.

Any information would be appreciated. Photos attached.
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That appears to be a really nice 38 Single Action 1st Model (aka as a "Baby Russian") They were made 1876-1877 in a serial range of 1 to 25,548. I don't see any signs of a refinish, but will defer to one of the experts on this.

BTW, be careful with those grip panels. That particular style with the block lettered S&W are unique to this model.

And it is chambered in 38 S&W which is still available but hard to find.... (IIRC, 38 Short was some kind of a rimfire cartridge from way back when....)

Do remember that at the time it was made, only black powder was available. Your example is so nice I don't think I would be shooting it in the first place. (This ought to get come comments from the "I wouldn't own a gun that I wouldn't shoot" crowd.) So if you are one of those, you might think about moving it along.
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Hi Dean, Thanks very much for the information. I do appreciate it. I don't need to shoot it and thanks for the advise and information.
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If the grips are original to the gun, the right panel will have the serial number on it's back side. Ed.
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I did pull the grips to clean underneath and it does have the correct serial. Thanks
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