Original U.S. Civil War Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army Revolver with 6" Barrel - Serial No 14025
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a Smith & Wesson .32-caliber rimfire Model 2 Army Revolver, with a 6 inch unshortened barrel. These were very popular as backup weapons for Union officers, used after their percussion revolver's cylinder was spent.
The serial number is 14025, dating the year of production to be approximately 1863, about a third of the way through wartime production. The rosewood grips are original and have a matching serial number on the inside of the right scale, and still almost all of the original factory varnish, though there is some wear on the corners of the left scale. The revolver has a lovely aged patina overall, with some areas of the original blued finish still present, giving it a lovely aged look.
It still has the original Smith & Wesson address marking nicely marked on top of the barrel rib:
The Patent information can still be seen on the cylinder, though it is not entirely clear due to some light oxidation and dried grease. Also, assembly number 6 can be seen on parts of the revolver, such as the grip frame and cylinder side of the barrel. The action is functional, though cylinder lock tab is a bit worn, and the spring weak, so it often overshoots. A replacement spring would most likely fix this. The bore is in very good condition, with clear lands and grooves, and some areas of light oxidation.
Revolvers with serial numbers under 35,731 are considered to be civil war guns since they were manufactured before May 1st, 1865. All are 32-caliber rimfire with a six shot non-fluted cylinder. All were manufactured with rosewood grips and blue or nickel-plated finishes. The barrels are marked on top with the manufacturer and patent dates are stamped on the cylinder. Most were made with 6 or 5 inch barrels, with 4 available as a special order.
According to published sources, 77,155 Model 2 Army revolvers were made. To date, the serial numbers on observed specimens have not substantiated this figure, 76,642 being the highest number noted. Unfortunately, the Smith & Wesson factory records for this period are incomplete and do not give a comprehensive picture of production.
This is a rare chance to own a historically significant gun in very nice condition!
Year of Manufacture: c.1863
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 6 inches
Overall Length: 11 inches
Action: Single Action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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