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This is my first post on this fabulous forum. I am hoping someone will have some info for me. I’ve always wanted one of these large frame 455’s and just purchased this one yesterday. Eagerly awaiting arrival.

I only have the photos from the auction site for now, so not all the markings are visible. It has adjustable sights. Serial #8746 - left side marked with British broad arrow, beneath that is a crown mark of some sort, and beneath that a Roman numeral two, “II”. Left side of barrel marked Is “Smith & Wesson”, right side of frame has the big logo, and there are no caliber markings that I can see on the barrel.

Any additional info would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! That's a second model .455 double action revolver. I doubt that it shipped to that way. The rear sight looks after market to me. But somebody that knows will be along soon.

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Welcome to the forum.

You won a pretty nice ".455 Hand Ejector 2nd Model" with after market sights added. It'll be a great shooter.

It's of the 3rd variation made under contract for the British Commonwealth:

3. “.455 Mark II HE - 2nd Model” (sans extractor barrel shroud and 3rd lock), and the cylinder ctr pin hole in the extractor star is reduced .020” with the associated Ext Rod rear tip reduced .020” in diameter from the TL versions, the ".44 HE 1st Model Triple Lock" factory converted to .455, and the ".455 HE 1st Model Triple Lock" produced in .455 (documented in Neal & Jinks Pg. 215-16.) This version was referred to as the MK II revolver by the British and stamped ‘II’ by them, upper left rear side of frame. The 2nd Model continued in the .455 1st Model TL Brit serial range and beginning ~#5801 (previously thought to be 5462) to #74755, shipped 1915-17.


By Feb 1916 724 were manufactured for the Canadians, chambered in 45 Colt, without a cartridge roll mark on barrel, presumed for the RCMP [H of S&W, 3rd ed., pg. 203]. #74744

Another 15 in 45 Colt were sold commercially in 1916; likely “over run” guns from the above order with consecutive #s. Only#46748 is known.

The Canadian military also bought 14,500 .455 2nd Models [H of S&W, pg. 203].

And 1105 2nd Models were released for commercial sales in the US, shipped Dec 1917 to Shapleigh Hardware in St. Louis [S&W, N&J pg. 216].
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Thank you for the amazingly speedy reply! I’m itching to have it in my hands.
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One of the collectors (Sixgunstrumpet) on this sight has/had several fixed sight guns that were modified like yours. Hopefully he'll come along shortly and chime in... I have always liked that modification.

Thanks for sharing and welcome to the forum.
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I've never seen one but 'The Book' (SCSW4) says a few of the earlier .455 Triple Locks were factory-fitted with a drift-adjustable rear sight blade in order to be permissible for Bisley (England) competition.
I doubt the 2nd Model pictured above is factory, but odds are good, that is what it was converted for.
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