WOW, I've been looking at these for years, but they're always out of my price range. It's a great find, and you should enjoy it for a long time to come.
Great looking gun,I stumbled across this the other day and just had to bring it home. The elegance of these pistols has always put a big goofy smile on my face and the quality has always left me in awe. I'm guessing that it shipped around 1917 and all numbers match including the stocks. The finish is much deeper and has more shine than the photos show but I just oiled it up. I'll have time to do a better cleaning and Renwax tomorrow. Hard to believe it's in this condition after 102 years. It really looks unfired to me. I usually buy the high priced collector guns in shooter condition for reasonable prices but this one was just too lovely so I ponied up.
I believe that these single-shot .22LR pistols were expressly designed for ISSF 50-meter Free Pistol competition, which is also an Olympic shooting event.Cool .. I did find some info!!
Smith & Wesson Single Shot Target Pistol - Model 1891
Still trying to find out what type of competitions and at what distances they were used.