Original U.S. Civil War Smith & Wesson Model No. 2 Army .32 Revolver with 4" Barrel - Serial No 12418
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a Smith & Wesson .32-caliber rimfire Model 2, with a shortened 4 inch barrel. These were very popular as backup weapons for Union officers, used after their percussion revolver's cylinder was spent. They were often stored in pockets, so that may explain why the barrel was reduced in size and fitted with a new rear sight. Unfortunately there is no way to know if this was done during the war or afterwards.
The serial number is 12418, 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 a good amount of the original varnish, though there is a missing chunk on the rear of the left side scale. The revolver has a lovely aged patina overall, with some areas of past oxidation, giving it a great service worn look. It still has the original Smith & Wesson address marking on the barrel rib, partly covered by the replacement front sight:
The patent numbers normally on the cylinder have been worn off from years of age and cleaning. Assembly number 10 can still be seen on parts of the revolver, such as the grip frame and cylinder side of the barrel. The action works well, with correct alignment and cylinder advance. The cylinder lock is also fully functional, though it is a bit worn, so there is some play. The bore is still quite good, with clear lands and grooves, and overall light oxidation, with some areas of light pitting.
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.
A great honest used example of a Civil War S&W Model No. 2 Army, ready to add to your civil war collection!
Year of Manufacture: c.1863
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 4 1/8 inches
Overall Length: 9 inches
Action: Single Action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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