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    Model 1 .22 revolver

    I inherited a Smith and Wesson Model 1 .22 revolver in very good condition. No box, no papers and no provinance. The bluing is in good condition and it is mechanically sound. The bore and all chambers are bright with no pitting. I am sure it has been fired but has been well cared for. It is in original condition and has not been restored. What is its approximate value?

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    There are several types of the #1 & a few more details (such as serial # & a picture or 2) would help. These are a collectors item & they vary in value from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on type, condition, etc.
    "He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment & buy one" Jesus - Luke 22:36

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    Quote Originally Posted by Injunbro View Post
    There are several types of the #1 & a few more details (such as serial # & a picture or 2) would help. These are a collectors item & they vary in value from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on type, condition, etc.
    +1. Barrel length, finish type, grip type all are factors. More with older Smiths.

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    welcome to the forum! can you post some pics?

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    I just noticed some additional information that may be of help is estimating the value of my gun. On the top of the barrel there are three patent dates Apr.3,55, July 5,59 and Dec 16,60. So, obviously my revolver was made after 1860 and must have been a third issue. Until recently, I have not had a digital camera and could not post a picture. Now, I have the camera but do not know how to post a picture. Can anyone give me some idea of what I have to do to post a picture?

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    bill,

    Shoot pic as jpeg.
    Log on and register at Photobucket.
    Upload jpeg to Photobucket. Place cursor over your uploaded image, in the drop-down choices, click on bottom choice to copy the image.
    Begin a reply to this thread, "Ctrl-V" at location in your reply where you wish to place image.

    Well-lit, in-focus images of both sides and all markings will yield the best answers to your questions.

    Mike

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    Pictures would be cool if you have any!
    Let go of anything that stops you from having everything…DM

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Size:  107.4 KB Okay, I managed to post these pictures of my pistol. The barrel is 3 inches long and the serial number is 81031. On the top of the barrel it says "Smith&Wesson Springfield Mass. Pat.Apr.3.55 July 5.59.Dec.15.60" So, now what can you tell me?
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    From last October's American Rifleman, an article on that model:
    Gun: Smith & Wesson Model No. 1, Third Issue
    Caliber: .22 Short (blackpowder)
    Serial No.: 98892
    Condition: 90 percent—NRA Fine (Antique Gun Condition Standards)
    Manufactured: 1868 to 1882 (there are no factory records for this model)
    Value: $600 to $650

    A I understand it, the third issue is post-Civil War. So it would be April, 1865 or later.
    If your last patent date is 1860, it may be the second issue.
    ~Jerry
    NRA | ORPA |Lifer: DAV | Charter: BFA
    Remembering Charles D. King (MIA)

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    It is a 3rd model (bird head grip) as Jerry posted made for black powder 22 short cartridges. Do not try and shoot modern smokeless 22 shorts in it except for possibly the modern sub sonic CB Caps made by CCI and others which only use the primer compound to send the 29 gr. bullet out the barrel at low speed. I had one of these that a previous owner had blown up the cylinder and then had someone make a wonderful 5 shot replacement cylinder. I am sure if the maker got paid the cylinder would have cost way more than the original gun.
    Jim

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