Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-04-2018, 08:16 PM
mikepriwer mikepriwer is offline
SWCA Member
1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers  
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 4,785
Likes: 133
Liked 3,204 Times in 737 Posts
Default 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers

There are only four (4) 8" 1899 revolvers that are known, or thought to be known, to exist. The only one that, for sure, is an original 8" gun was special-ordered by Dr Reginald Sayre, a New York physician. He was also a very competitive shooter, and at least a three-time captain of US Olympic Shooting Teams in 1912, 1916,1920, etc. I had the good fortune to acquire this gun 10 or more years ago.

One that may have been original would have belonged to the shooter with the last name of Axtel. While this gun has never been seen, knowledgeable collectors believe it exists, and is perhaps with Axtel family members.

The third gun is a Zero gun, originally built with a 6.5" barrel in late 1899 or early 1900. It was taken by DB Wesson. Following his death in 1906, another entry in the Zero book shows the gun with a 8" barrel, in the possession of Charley Call.

The second gun was originally a 6.5" revolver, that I recently acquired. It went back to the factory in 1959, to have the barrel replaced with another 6.5" one, and possibly refinished in nickel. The records do not show how it was originally finished. Several years ago I acquired an 8" factory-original nickel barrel in new condition; it has never been mounted on a frame. I acquired this nickel gun so that I could use it for the 8" barrel. It is now mounted on this gun, and Jim Fisher graciously agreed to test-fire it, as he had already done with the Sayre gun about three (3) years ago.

Here are two targets that Jim shot with thee two guns. Jim notes that the nickel guns is the better shooter, with the 6-shot group able to be covered with a US nickel coin.






Regards, Mike Priwer

Last edited by mikepriwer; 06-11-2018 at 08:03 PM. Reason: Modified the title.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-04-2018, 11:09 PM
BC38's Avatar
BC38 BC38 is online now
Member
1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers  
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 6,337
Likes: 290
Liked 6,991 Times in 2,941 Posts
Default

Mike, when it comes to these oldies, you are THE MAN.

Last edited by BC38; 06-04-2018 at 11:12 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-04-2018, 11:24 PM
Troystat Troystat is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: CA
Posts: 1,135
Likes: 210
Liked 365 Times in 243 Posts
Default

Nifty revolvers, and they shoot great too. Thanks for showing us.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-04-2018, 11:26 PM
RKmesa's Avatar
RKmesa RKmesa is offline
SWCA Member
1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers  
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: AZ
Posts: 4,335
Likes: 10,818
Liked 19,959 Times in 2,218 Posts
Default

Very cool...very, very cool...

Thanks for sharing,
__________________
Richard
Engraved S&W fan
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-04-2018, 11:42 PM
amazingflapjack amazingflapjack is offline
Suspended
1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers  
Join Date: May 2010
Location: North Central Florida
Posts: 5,110
Likes: 19,198
Liked 4,663 Times in 2,033 Posts
Default

Makes me think of a long tube 14.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-04-2018, 11:56 PM
Peak53's Avatar
Peak53 Peak53 is offline
Member
1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers  
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Tincup, CO
Posts: 2,202
Likes: 3,788
Liked 3,572 Times in 1,182 Posts
Default

No words here, but I had to say something ��
__________________
Some collect art; I shoot it!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-05-2018, 08:40 AM
model3sw's Avatar
model3sw model3sw is offline
SWCA Member
1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers  
Join Date: May 2006
Location: South Florida, USA
Posts: 2,829
Likes: 5,851
Liked 3,079 Times in 1,168 Posts
Default

1899 M&P factory Target was by special order only. All 1899 Target models are coveted by collectors of same but that 8" barrel target is surely a sweet rarity. Thanks for the post. Sal
__________________
ANTIQUESMITHS
LM1300 SWHF425

Last edited by model3sw; 06-05-2018 at 09:22 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #8  
Old 06-11-2018, 07:58 PM
mikepriwer mikepriwer is offline
SWCA Member
1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers 1899 8" .38 Blue & Nickle Target Revolvers  
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 4,785
Likes: 133
Liked 3,204 Times in 737 Posts
Default The nickle 8" with the 8" barrel

I have some pictures of the nickel gun with its 8" barrel. Turns out that the original 6 1/2" barrel had a small crack in the forcing cone, that only became apparent when the barrel was removed.

These first two pictures are are 8" nickel 1899.





The next two picture show both the blue, and the nickle, 1899 8" revolvers.





Regards, Mike Priwer
Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Like Post:
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Photo Essay: 1899 .38 Short Barrel Target Revolvers mikepriwer S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 16 10-01-2016 09:37 PM
1899 5" bbl Target 98% S&W ucla S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 1 09-16-2014 11:36 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:48 AM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2018
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)