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Old 09-25-2021, 09:17 PM
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this is the last time i'm changing the designation of this gun. LOL shows how much I know about antiques. got this today at an estate auction. it was listed as a .45 caliber so I made sure the auctioneer announced that it was not a .45 Colt. it is in fact a .44 Russian as pointed out by Guy. there were only 2 of us bidding on it. made somewhere in the 1880s. I'll ask Roy for a ship month and year. it was refinished at the factory 8-22. no number inside the grips. don't know if they did that on MOP grips. SN 7312 on the butt and cylinder. this is the first antique S&W I have ever owned. I just couldn't pass it up. Lee
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Congrats, Lee! But, that looks like a .44 Double Action to me, not a 1st Model American. Should have a 1-7/16" cylinder and be chambered for .44 Russian.
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I don’t care what it is chambered for, that is a nice DA S&W!

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Guy, I was going by what the auction flyer listed it as. I will go do some measuring and possibly some editing of my post. Lee
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It sure looks like 44 Russian
Your first antique S&W?
Why???
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Lee it's a .44 Double Action First Model. The stocks are not original to the gun. They would have been put on by the dealer or the owner. It also had a lanyard at one time. It's possible the the serial number is not correct. It there a serial number under the stocks. It would be on the left side. There may be a serial number stamped on the underside of the barrel, or cylinder. It has been refinished out of the factory as the hammer and trigger are nickel plated.
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The serial number is also stamped on the underside of the latch on my two. Congrats on a lovely piece! How's the bore and the cylinder chambers?
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the bore and chambers are dark, but not pitted. good rifling still showing. I don't know what to call it now. LOL Lee
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You call it what it is-------a .44 D.A. 1st Model. Some folks call it misshapen----others just stick with ugly---still other folks get downright upset with those in the first two groups. I just go with there are different strokes for different folks.

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