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Old 06-20-2020, 11:41 PM
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Hi I joined this forum after a recommendation from a member, Iíve browsed it a lot and pulled a lot of good information on it. Iím fairly new to S&W revolvers but I am pretty much all in at this point. I like all of them from the tip ups to the modern guns. Recently I came across a model 3 at what I think is a good price wallowing in the antique counter no one looks at. I didnít know anything really specific about model 3s a few weeks ago except a little about the Schofield. Anyway itís had the barrel cut to 5Ē and the front sight soldered back in place. I believe the nickel is original because the extractor is blued. It has matching assembly #s on everything, the grips donít match though they number about 10000 to early. It has the steps in the cylinder and it was the tag said Russian. Cylinder length confirms it. But itís not stamped Russian model and I was wondering if thatís common? Most of the ones Iíve seen are. Serial number is 31575. Iím also looking for a leaf spring for the cylinder stop. Iíve tried Jacks first and a lot of other places and had no luck. Iíve tried to learn a lot about all the old models since picking this up. Any information you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated thank you
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Welcome to the forum!

I don't believe these were stamped with the caliber, but I'm a top break newb.

I did post a set of parts suppliers on this (Antiques) forum not too long ago.

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Try ebay...someone very recently had some Model 3 parts listed, had a Mainspring, Latch, some other odds and ends, no idea if they had the Leaf Spring you need, but check them out...

Good looking old S & W..!

Commercial ( 1st? Model I think? ) Model 3s in .44 Russian would just have the basic S & W Patent into on the Barrel Rib Top and not have the Russian info.

Quite a few of them got cut down to be shorter Barrels back when.
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Welcome to the Forum. From what patent dates are visible, it would be a Model 3 Russian, 1st Model. Only the first 20,000 were Russian contract, so your serial number would be appropriate for the commercial examples up to the end of production around serial number 32,800. Your Model 3 would most likely been manufactured the last year of production - 1874, but would have had a later ship date.

Caliber stampings did not appear on most models of S&W until around 1900. Stepped chambers are your key to correctly stating the gun is chambered in 44 Russian. I am not sure, but I think the Russian Model stampings on the barrel ribs started with the Model 3, 2nd Model.

There are simply no parts anywhere for these guns. Only a very lucky find now and then. You can get that revolver back to working order fastest by having the spring made, or make it yourself if you are familiar with using spring steel. Otherwise a machinist or gunsmith is your best bet. I see the bug screw is also missing on the left side of the pivot pin. It keeps the hinge tight and it should be replaced. Again, a machinist can make a new screw. Good luck
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Thanks for the info, I’ve located replacement screws and a new pawl from Mr. Charles Pate. I’ve talked to a local gunsmith and he said he can probably fabricate one. I tried my hand at making one and it’s close but not quite.
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Thanks for the info, Iíve located replacement screws and a new pawl from Mr. Charles Pate. Iíve talked to a local gunsmith and he said he can probably fabricate one. I tried my hand at making one and itís close but not quite.
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Let us know how it turns out..!

.44 Russian seems to have become my favorite Cartridge, and it is fun and easy to Load for.

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Those chambers look very large to me. Are you sure it's a 44 Russian/ 44 American? Looks more like a 44WCF. Alteration? Could be the photo though.

Better ask Phil. He'll tell ya.


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Those chambers look very large to me. Are you sure it's a 44 Russian? Looks more like a 44WCF. Alteration? Could be the photo though.

Better ask Phil. He'll tell ya.


Hey Tlawler. I served on the USS Downes FF 1070 as my first tour on the other coast.


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Honestly no Iím not a 100%. Iím not super familiar with the old calibers. Iím going off the tag and the step in the cylinders.
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Welcome aboard, nice entry. I've also recently been bit by .44 Russian. It is a very comfortable cartridge to shoot and works easily with black powder, there are also substitute smokeless loads you can work up. I have found that black powder seems to work best, its what they were developed for. You would find that black powder gives a recoil that is more of a push than smokeless. I found the smokeless recoil to be sharper which in my mind would not be appropriate for an older firearm. I shoot black powder more than smokeless and am very familiar with it. I would think that if you were new to reloading that it would be a great cartridge to get started on.
The other thing about .44 Russian is that it chambers in any firearm chambered for .44 Special and .44 Magnum, it may work in some I am not aware of but I have been told that due to its low recoil has become popular with some of the cowboy action guys. I know of a guy that shoots .44 Russian because it does not flare up his arthritis. Its cartridge length relative to .44 Special is comparable to .44 Special and .44 Magnum.
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I’m not sure it’ll ever be in shooting shape but maybe some day. Oh and the cylinder length is correct for Russian I don’t know what length 44WCF would be. The assembly number is correct but it could have been monkeyed with at some point.
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You posted that there is a step in the chamber, and if so it is a 44 Russian. The Model 3 American platform was never offered in 44-40, only 44 American and 44 Russian, with a few 44 Henry rimfires also built.

Forgot to add that the 44 American/Russian Old Old Model has a cylinder that was only 1 3/8" long and the standard 44-40 round was 1.59".
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Those chambers look very large to me. Are you sure it's a 44 Russian/ 44 American? Looks more like a 44WCF. Alteration? Could be the photo though.

Better ask Phil. He'll tell ya.


Hey Tlawler. I served on the USS Downes FF 1070 as my first tour on the other coast.

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I'm only making an observation regarding the chambers? If I had a dime for every time I've seen a drilled out chamber? Well, you know the rest. There are even a few active threads with drilled out chambers on the forum right now.

Extremely common with the 44 caliber. Most often to adapt to the 44 WCF from whatever previous caliber it was.

Also something for "ALL" collectors to watch out for.
After seeing so many I honestly believe it was due to a cartridge availability issue during period of use. So many Winchesters were chambered in that caliber and it was quite a bit more powerful so you have to look closely when you purchase antique 44's.

"MANY, MANY" have been altered!!!

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I understand and appreciate the insight. Like I said I didn’t know much about model 3s when I bought it. The price was right and I thought it would be cool to own a model 3. But man has it opened a whole new can of worms. Before I was mostly looking at post war k and n frames. Now I’m shopping for 1s, 3s, safety hammerless, tip ups, top breaks, triple locks. It really made me appreciate the antique guns S&W made. I just love that top break extractor. Problem is now I at least doubled the number of guns I wanna buy. Oh I did wonder would you guys describe this as bent back or no?
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I'm not trying to make you feel bad about the purchase. I honestly like the gun. It has a ton of finish. Presents itself very well. I would be proud to own it myself. I'm just trying to help you out to know what to look for with these large caliber "Antique Era" 44's. Any make or model is applicable. They can all be found altered!

It can also be a point of negotiation from the seller? I've used it "many" times when I find a gun that has been altered. I personally do not lose interest like some. I still see the value in this Historical piece of Smith & Wesson History. I also honestly believe that since there are so many of these 44's that are altered to 44WCF? That it does have a very Historical origin to the alteration. Like I mentioned in a previous post? It wasn't like it is today back in the Old West. Finding rounds in small towns for guns must have been a hit/miss proposition.... The 44 WCF was extremely popular and in fact many Rifle/Pistol combinations are known to history. This happened for a reason! So I honestly believe that there is "Historical Significance" to this alteration. It wasn't done yesterday! and it's an excellent point of discussion regarding the huge number of them out there and when it was done, etc.

Often even the sellers don't realize that it's been caliber altered. So if you are nice about it and bring it to their attention? Often times you can make a deal. What I normally say is: " I really like this antique but I'm not sure that you know? that its been altered from the original caliber"? Then show it to them and say, Even with the alteration I'm still interested in the piece? What's your best price? That way nobody gets insulted and you often get a great deal.

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Oh no offense taken sir and I really appreciate any answers I can get even if they raise more questions or arenít particularly the answers I was hoping for. I obviously was hoping it was as stock as possible, I hadnít even considered it had been bored through to change the caliber! I donít intend to sell it but try to restore and that being the case I think I can tell you guys I paid 250 for it. So no matter what I think I got my moneyís worth out of it. I bought it not really expecting to be able to shoot it. But the action works and if I can the extractor to work Iíll be really pleased. Everything after that is bonus land. But you guys really have me scratching my head now with the chambering. It may have been redrilled. It chambers a 45 ACP, I was just using that to get an idea of measurements because I donít own calipers. I looked at the chambers on some other Russians and yes mine do look a little large. I took a better picture and you can see the machining marks before the step.
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That's exactly what you would see with the 44WCF rechambering. They actually did a good job. The base of the 44WCF is 45caliber. It's identical to the .45 Colt or Schofield until the case bottlenecks down to .44 cal.

If it was 44 Russian what you would see is about 3/4 of the way down the chamber would be a "Case Stop" or what this forum likes to call a step? but basically its where the case stops and the throat begins. When you get use to looking at a 44 Russian chamber it is totally different than a 44 WCF.

Then when you've seen several hundred of these altered cylinders? You get use to recognizing them. The primary give away is the "HUGE" base diameter. 45cal? Exactly what you are showing with the 45ACP cartridge. You get use to seeing that diameter....The difference to me is obvious.

OH, let me try to head something else off at the pass OK? As far as case length? Yes the 44WCF is longer than the 44 Russian and when you chamber a 44WCF in this cylinder you will notice that it will stick out just a little bit? Remembering that when this gun was manufactured it was OH....150 years ago give or take? So all the rounds were lead. It takes very little effort to rub the flat point lead bullet against a rock to shorten the overall case length to fit this chamber.. would take about 2 mins. of soft rubbing and it will chamber and fit perfectly.

Also, they had a "HUGE" number of reloading tools available back then that were manufactured by many companies. "ALL" of them would allow you to push the lead bullet deeper into the brass case so that it would chamber in this cylinder. Zero effort. Easy problem to solve. Case length in a book isn't always the way it was in the OLD WEST!

****Oh, one more piece of advice from an old timer? Since this cylinder has been altered to a larger case diameter? I strongly recommend that if you decide to shoot it? Only use black powder or Black powder substitute. The 44 WCF round is quite powerful in a black powder load. I would not play with a Smokeless load with this alteration.

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I don’t reload (yet anyway), is 44WCF black powder hard to come by? I was hoping maybe to put some 44 Russian through it since it sounds mild but in light of the new information I don’t think that’s happening. On a positive update i fixed the extractor thanks to Mr. Pate and tomorrow I’m picking up the cylinder locking spring and then this old gun will be whole again.
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.44 Russian Cartridge cases are now too small in diameter for the enlarged Cylinder Chambers you have...and firing them would be nasty and likely ruin the cases, as well as, with the Chamber now being too long for .44 Russian, you'd have a lot of blow by and probably leading occurring. I would not do it if it were me.

.44 - 40 Cartridges, are too long for your Cylinder, and the Bullet Noses would be sticking out of the other end of the Cylinder.

As Murph relays, you could cut off or saw off or otherwise remove the ends of the Bullets for .44 - 40 Cartridges, to shorten them enough to fit, otherwise you will not be able to use them since they are too long.

I think it would be a good idea to get a measurement of your Barrel's "Groove to Groove" diameter, before electing any Cartridges to try.

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Agreed!

You can find Black Powder loads for the 44 WCF. Very common Cowboy action load. Buffalo Arms, Old West Scrounger, Midway, etc. "When available"?

However, you still have the case length problem to content with. All factory loads or Cowboy Action loads will be loaded to the original rifle length cartridge. Which will be too long for your "Modified Cylinder".... Reloading to fit is the answer. IN fact in my opinion it's the only answer. Because as mentioned you might find that the bore dynamics will measure .429 when the 44 WCF is typically .427. It would work but not very well. Handloading is a must here.

I firmly believe that this common alteration was thoroughly understood by the person(s) that performed the chamber/cartridge changeover. Folks back then did a ton of reloading. Collectors of reloading equipment from the Old West on this forum could write a book on all the tools that were available and in their collections.

Just a little bit more history? I've also documented conversions of Single action Army's that were originally 44 rimfire converted to 44WCF...That's heartbreaking to find. An original SAA 44rimfire? $8000 low, $20,000+ high....

Also, a "HUGE" number of Merwin and Hulberts from their original 44 M&H chambering to 44WCF. Also 44 Russians to 44WCF in the Pocket Army. I have one.

So, it was quite common and "obviously" performed during period of use. Just the loss of value alone for an original 44 rimfire SAA? They were worth a lot Pre-WWII.

But say in 1910? The 44 rimfire SAA wouldn't be worth much unless it was converted to a serviceable cartridge. Even earlier if you were living in a remote location? Finding .44 rimfire ammo in say Bodie? Good luck!

Another really strong point? When finding loaded Relics from that period? "VERY OFTEN" you will find the revolver loaded with different cartridges. A long and several shorts as an example. One thread on this forum found a 44 S&W topbreak with 3 types of 44 cartridge loaded in the cylinder. So cartridge availability was most definitely an issue.

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The powder would not be specific to .44 WCF. You will be looking for DOg or FFFg powder. Common brands are Goex, Swiss, and Old Eynsford. Ensure when you load you compress the powder 1/16 to 1/8" as you seat the bullet. No air space!!! Probably best to load with someone who has done it before.
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Re-Loading wise -

I have a few old Revolvers which require unique Cartridges, and, it is just how it is sometimes!

Your example - .44 - 40 Brass, but, ( presumed so far to be ) .44 Russian Barrel Bore, you will want to both shorten the Brass a little, to avoid having to seat the Bullet over-deeply where you may then have nothing to crimp against ( unless you elect to use 'Can of Beans' Wadcutter Bullets or to load Round Nose Lead Bullets in backwards ), and to use .44 Russian/.44 Special Diameter Bullets, which are a little larger than those of .44-40.

So your Crimp Die for the Loading Press would be for .44 Russian / .44 Special, while the Shell Holder would be for .44 - 40, and you would have to expand the upper portion of the .44-40 Brass to accept the slightly larger .44 Russian Bullets.

Have you ever re-Loaded Cartridges in the past?

The above may sound a little involved, but, it is all easy and very straight-forward, and fun and satisfying.

I have a nice old S & W 2nd Model Hand Ejector which was originally in .455 Webley.

Somewhere along the way, it got "converted" to accept .45 Colt, AND .45 ACP.

Oye! What a mess!

So, my Solution was to modify .45 Colt Brass to fit in .45 ACP 'Moon Clips', and to expand them so they would accept .456 diameter Bullets.

This worked very nicely to solve Head-Space issues and all other issues and is really a fun Revolver now.

So, it takes what it takes sometimes for these special ones, and, it's worth it..!

As far as .44 Russian being mild.

No, it is not.


If you closed your Eyes, you would not be able to tell Black Powder .44 Russian from Black Powder .45 Colt in these general Barrel Length Revolvers.

.44 Russian was and remains a very 'Healthy' round.

It delivered the ( just about the ) same energy to the Target as standard Loading .45 ACP does.

.44-40 in standard loading was and is a lighter, slightly smaller Bullet than .44 Russian, and in a Rifle, .44-40 develops higher FPS, and it hence more powerful when used in a Rifle or Carbine, than when used in a Revolver.

In a Barrel length such as yours, .44 Russian would likely be the more efficient and powerful Cartridge, even with it's smaller Powder charge.

So, what you end up with in your instance, is a slightly longer .44 Russian, made with a slightly shortened .44-40 Cartridge Case, which can allow you a little more Powder, or, same Powder charge as .44 Russian, and some 'Malto Meal' filler.

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You guys sure are a wealth of knowledge. I’ve never reloaded nor do I have any of the tools. Getting into it seemed like a logical step soon the more I get into shooting. I understand the basic principles of what you guys are saying. I suppose the first step would be to nail down if it is 44 WCF. I’m glad I talked to you guys before just buying a box of Russian and letting her rip.
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You guys sure are a wealth of knowledge. Iíve never reloaded nor do I have any of the tools. Getting into it seemed like a logical step soon the more I get into shooting. I understand the basic principles of what you guys are saying. I suppose the first step would be to nail down if it is 44 WCF. Iím glad I talked to you guys before just buying a box of Russian and letting her rip.
See if you can get a measurement of the Groove-to-Groove of the Barrel...it'd be good to know what that is.

Re-Loading wise - I've been very happy with my Lyman "All American" Loading Press.

It is a four Station Turret Press, and accepts the usual diameter Dies of most any make.

It is sturdy and well made.

One can find examples on ebay, maybe Gunbroker also.

Probably what you ought to do though is get another old S & W in either .44-40, or, .44 Russian, and, start loading for that first.

Then, move on to loading for this one.

That way, you'll already have almost everything you need for this one, and the added complexity of this one will be merely one small step more, from already familiar routines and procedures and equipment.

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The powder would not be specific to .44 WCF. You will be looking for DOg or FFFg powder. Common brands are Goex, Swiss, and Old Eynsford. Ensure when you load you compress the powder 1/16 to 1/8" as you seat the bullet. No air space!!! Probably best to load with someone who has done it before.
I know thereís not a specific powder for it, I just meant if I could get factory or loaded ammo with black powder. Iím new but not that new lol. So basically I should buy another model in 44 (itís crossed my mind already and I may have shopped around) and a reloading set so I can shoot my model 3 that I bought because it was such a good price. Thatís fine with me but one of yíall can explain it to my wife lol
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Well actually there really isnít any other caliber that it can be but a 44WCF alteration. The bore is still a 44. No other caliber that Iím aware of that bottlenecks from a 45 to a 44? Plus the historical aspect, cartridge availability position, and the fact that Iíve personally seen so many altered to this caliber.

Photo comparison of a 44 Russian cylinder that I borrowed from another thread and your altered to 44 WCF cylinder. The difference should be clearly visible without too much difficulty?

Yeah, one of the items that is normally very cheap and easy to find are used loading Dies. If you shop around you can find a 3 die set for the 44WCF for $30 or less on a good day.
Get an old iron press like Phil mentioned cheap and youíre good to go. But if you really want to save money see photo 3. A simple Lee Loader would allow you to adjust bullet depth, size the case, safely load the round, etc.
So many lead bullets to chose from out there now. Just going with a 180 grain bullet over the standard 200 grain flat point lead bullet will reduce overall case length enough to chamber in this cylinder. Very simple and fun to load.

Actually at this point I think you basically ďoweĒ The forum a range test result for this 44!

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Yes sir I will definitely look into that haha. I got it all working now with some help and I was able to borrow a 44-40 cartridge. Sure enough it seems to fit. Maybe the Smith who helped me with it can help me make some rounds. Or Iíd be willing to buy a few rounds from one of you all if you could fix me up some. Lock up is ok and she seems pretty much in time. The barrel was poorly cut and I bet its not going to be a target shooter. I got a welding mask at work I can strap on and try her out lol.
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You know what he had a bunch of part guns too. Maybe he can fit a cylinder for me and I can have two calibers.
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You know what he had a bunch of part guns too. Maybe he can fit a cylinder for me and I can have two calibers.
I need some parts...or, I need a Mainspring for the New Model 3, anyway...just that...

Can you message me his contact info?

Just get a .44 Russian Cylinder if he has one, ( and set the present modified one, aside ) then you will be on easy street!
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I can ask him if that would be ok to pass along his info and get back to you.
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Replacement parts are pretty scarce for the older Smith & Wesson "Large Caliber" revolvers. I've seen plenty of 44 cal double action parts that go for a lot and are stripped as well. When and if found? 44cal single action parts don't go cheap that's for sure. $100 would be a gift for a 44 Russian stripped cylinder lacking all hardware.
You would also need the complete ejector since this one is now modified and would NOT function on a 44 Russian cylinder due to the head diameter being much larger on the WCF 44. Basically it would skip by the smaller Russian case head and would not eject the shells. A complete cylinder? with all the hardware? Might cost more than you paid for this gun. If you can find one?

I am sorry to be the bringer of tough news but there is also a problem with various 44 Russian models. Parts often do not swap. Smith & Wesson always boasted that the parts are machined with very tight tolerances? Which is true. However, when new models are introduced? Trying to mount the old model cylinder, trigger guard or barrel on the new model frame? good luck! At the very least you would have to machine the parts. I've done it and it ain't fun! Because the parts are so hard to find I've had to make parts fit just to get the gun functioning.

So, even if you are "extremely" lucky enough to find a Single action 44 Russian cylinder? It would also have to come off of the exact same model that you have.

Notice also that your older Russian model SA has the older rack type ejector? Where exactly are you going to find that? So just finding any 44 Russian cylinder from any of 4 or more Russian SA models? will not work on your older Russian model.



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Replacement parts are pretty scarce for the older Smith & Wesson "Large Caliber" revolvers. I've seen plenty of 44 cal double action parts that go for a lot and are stripped as well. When and if found? 44cal single action parts don't go cheap that's for sure. $100 would be a gift for a 44 Russian stripped cylinder lacking all hardware.
You would also need the complete ejector since this one is now modified and would NOT function on a 44 Russian cylinder due to the head diameter being much larger on the WCF 44. Basically it would skip by the smaller Russian case head and would not eject the shells. A complete cylinder? with all the hardware? Might cost more than you paid for this gun. If you can find one?

I am sorry to be the bringer of tough news but there is also a problem with various 44 Russian models. Parts often do not swap. Smith & Wesson always boasted that the parts are machined with very tight tolerances? Which is true. However, when new models are introduced? Trying to mount the old model cylinder, trigger guard or barrel on the new model frame? good luck! At the very least you would have to machine the parts. I've done it and it ain't fun! Because the parts are so hard to find I've had to make parts fit just to get the gun functioning.

So, even if you are "extremely" lucky enough to find a Single action 44 Russian cylinder? It would also have to come off of the exact same model that you have.

Notice also that your older Russian model SA has the older rack type ejector? Where exactly are you going to find that? So just finding any 44 Russian cylinder from any of 4 or more Russian SA models? will not work on your older Russian model.



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Sir you didnít happen to see the draws full of parts guns that I did when I had the cylinder stop repaired. I already talked it over a little with the gentleman who did the work on it. He told me he fabricated the extractor stars from time to time. Ií not totally ignorant of the mechanical workings of these guns. I know you canít just slap in a cylinder for any revolver, not just this one. If I can spend oh say less than a $1000 in total getting the gun running I figure Iím ahead of the game, even if itís not ďworthĒ that itís my very own model 3. If it never shoots, you know what so be it. I didnít expect it ever to when I bought it. If I spend 20 years looking for a cylinder I have time to do that. I donít know as much about these old guns as most of you guys, I knew nothing about these old cartridges until I got the gun because itís my first bonafide antique gun. I known that the 1st/2nd American and
1st Russian are different than the proceeding models. The barrel might be an American as was discussed earlier. I donít mind being told when Iím wrong and Iím always more than happy to learn any new information I can about these guns. Iíll figure it out one way or another
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Sir you didnít happen to see the draws full of parts guns that I did when I had the cylinder stop repaired. I already talked it over a little with the gentleman who did the work on it. He told me he fabricated the extractor stars from time to time. Ií not totally ignorant of the mechanical workings of these guns. I know you canít just slap in a cylinder for any revolver, not just this one. If I can spend oh say less than a $1000 in total getting the gun running I figure Iím ahead of the game, even if itís not ďworthĒ that itís my very own model 3. If it never shoots, you know what so be it. I didnít expect it ever to when I bought it. If I spend 20 years looking for a cylinder I have time to do that. I donít know as much about these old guns as most of you guys, I knew nothing about these old cartridges until I got the gun because itís my first bonafide antique gun. I known that the 1st/2nd American and
1st Russian are different than the proceeding models. The barrel might be an American as was discussed earlier. I donít mind being told when Iím wrong and Iím always more than happy to learn any new information I can about these guns. Iíll figure it out one way or another
How are the Cylinders themselves different between the various Model 3 Russians?
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Some of them use a gear and some of them have a “finger” or hook looking thing. The first model Russian is the same as the 1st and 2nd American. However the 2nd Russian the one that looks like the classic Russian with the finger tang and human back has a shorter ejector housing. I’d recommend Antique firearms disassembly by David Chicoine for a more detailed breakdown of the differences. It’s been extremely helpful for me.
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I have a beat up, cut down, renickeled model 3. This guy put mine in working condition. Made some parts, had some parts and adapted some others. You won't be disappointed. Turn around was good too.
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