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I just recently acquired a pistol my grandfather brought back from WWII. Nagasaki, Japan the pistol was given to him and he has had it since, and now it is mine.

Looking g for information on it, I cannot find factual information alot of hit and miss.

I know it is a 5 shot .32 cal tip up model.
The inscription on the top of the barrel is "Smith & Wesson Springfield, Mass"
"PAT'D Apr 3, 1855 & July 5, 1859"
It has a inscription on the left hand side of the barrel, in a language that seems to be Japanese. Serial number is 16012.

I would like to know everything possible about it, value isn't really important I would rather know every aspect of the pistol I have heard countless stories about growing up.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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edit.. reread your post.. based on 5 shot not 6 shot, and the pat dates

Model Number One-and-a-Half Old Model
1865 - 1868
sn range - 1-26300

according to a table in : Smith And Wesson 1857-1945 by NEAL & JINKS

YEAR Serial Number
1867 : 15937 - 21143

Not uncommon to see a Japanese connection in S&W of this period (and later) - SCSW has several notations of Japanese shipments for the 1 1/2 transitional model and the next series Model number two..

Interesting gun

you might do a google search on smith wesson Japanese, some interesting reading like https://collegehillarsenal.com/japanese-naval-contract-smith-wesson-new-model-3
This model 3 is some what later than yours but there are references that are appropriate..



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edit.. reread your post.. based on 5 shot not 6 shot, and the pat dates

Model Number One-and-a-Half Old Model
1865 - 1868
sn range - 1-26300

according to a table in : Smith And Wesson 1857-1945 by NEAL & JINKS

YEAR Serial Number
1867 : 15937 - 21143

Not uncommon to see a Japanese connection in S&W of this period (and later) - SCSW has several notations of Japanese shipments for the 1 1/2 transitional model and the next series Model number two..

Interesting gun

you might do a google search on smith wesson Japanese, some interesting reading like https://collegehillarsenal.com/japanese-naval-contract-smith-wesson-new-model-3
This model 3 is some what later than yours but there are references that are appropriate..



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Thanks for the response I couldn't find a definitive year the pistol was made, I am interested in getting it translated also. I can not find any info or pictures of any model S&W being stamped like that.
 

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I would suggest taking the revolver or photos to a college or university if any are nearby. You might be able to find or be directed to someone that could help with the Japanese translation.
 

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My Japanese Kangi recognition skills came from the Navy and I really only learned the ones I needed to successfully get on or off a train by! That aside, I'm pretty sure the markings on your VERY COOL revolver are not a caution about using +P ammo! ;)
 
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