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    £ 750
    A good American tip up .32 rim-fire revolver by Smith & Wesson. Circa 1861-1865. Ref 1560. Revolver
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    A good American tip up .32 rim-fire revolver by Smith & Wesson. Circa 1861-1865. Ref 1560. Revolver
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    Andrew Bottomley Antique Arms & Armour. Mail Order Only. Established in 1968.
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    A good American tip up .32 rim-fire revolver by Smith & Wesson. Circa 1861-1865. Ref 1560. Revolver

    Pistol / Hand GunsRevolverA good American tip up .32 rim-fire revolver by Smith & Wesson. Circa1861-1865. Ref 1560.

    A good American tip up .32 rim-fire revolver made by the world famous Smith & Wesson of Springfield Mass. Circa 1861-1865. The 3.5 inch barrel marked on top with the name "SMITH & WESSON, SPRINGFIELD MASS. PAT.D. APR 3.1855 & JULY 5.1859". Two piece wooden grips. At the time the Civil War started, Smith & Wesson was the only manufacturer of revolvers using a bored-through cylinder. A feature which was required in order to efficiently use modern cartridge ammunition. Since 1857 the firm's only production firearm had been the Model 1 revolver in .22 rim-fire caliber. While the market was good for its .22 caliber pocket pistol, S&W recognized its limitations early on and wanted to answer the growing demand for a larger design with the advantages of the Model 1. Their solution to this demand was a scaled up version of their latest .22 caliber revolver, the Model 1 Second Issue. The new .32 caliber revolver was called by the factory the Number 2 or Belt Pistol. Perhaps due to its use in the war, collectors have since named this revolver the Model 2 or, more commonly, the Number 2 Army. A great many of the orders S&W received during the Civil War came from soldiers or men soon to be soldiers. Those looking for dependable protection could do no better than the Number 2 Smith & Wesson which could be loaded quickly with waterproof metallic ammunition and was of a size suitable for the belt or a small holster. It is generally acknowledged that a significant number of individually purchased Number 2s saw service, sometimes quite active service, in the Civil War. Capt. Frederick Livermore, Massachusetts Volunteers wrote to S & W "most of our officers have your make." Capt. H. L. Wheat, 11th Missouri Cavalry, considered the Number 2 the "best belt revolver I have yet seen" as did Major D. Frazar, 13th New York Cavalry. (John Parson's authoritative study of early Smith & Wesson pistols, which is based on these correspondence files). Overall length 8.5 inches. Action in good working order. In good condition showing some signs of use. Ref 1560. This is an obsolete antique pistol and is sold as a collectors item only. No Licence is required in the United Kingdom. If you wish to purchase this item please visit our website andrewbottomley.com where you can pay by credit/debit card or bank transfer at no extra charge. Established 1968.

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    SubcategoryRevolver
    ConditionUsed
    Price£ 750
    Sale typeTrade
    MakeA good American tip up .32 rim-fire revolver by Smith & Wesson. Circa
    Model1861-1865. Ref 1560.
    Antiqueyes
    CertificateNo Licence
    Your reference1560
    Recommended UsageCollection item

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