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    need info on old rusty gun found in desert

    My brother found this gun while bird hunting in south east nevada close to an old gold mining town. I would like any info i can get on it. Its marked with smith and wesson on the barrel along with a few patent dates starting in the 1850s to 1870s i think but its hard to make out the dates. There is a good serial number which is 244094. From what i could find on the internet i am guessing it is a type 3 and maybe a 32 caliber. It was found without the cylinder but we are gonna go back with a metal detector to hopefully find it. I figure it aint worth much but a nice display piece but i would like to know what i can about it so my brother will know what to tell people when they ask about it. Thank you for any info.
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    to the forums from the Wiregrass! It is likely to be a .38 Double Action 3rd Model top break made in 1884-85. It has the recurved trigger guard which its sister model .32 DA in the same serial range did not. In your picture, the trigger guard is oriented backwards. The recurve part goes behind the trigger. The trigger guard snaps into the frame. It would be easier to positively ID it with the cylinder because these models only differed significantly with the cylinder. Does it have single or double cylinder stops?

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