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RARE SMITH & WESSON VOLCANIC SMALL FRAME PISTOL. SN 319. Cal. 31. This gun exhibits a 4-3/16″ bbl, which is properly marked “CAST-STEEL/SMITH & WESSON, NORWICH, CT/PATENT/FEB. 14, 1854” over the top three flats and left side flat. SN 319 is found on several parts including lever, frame and both stocks internally. Gun appears all original though no further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. Frame and backstrap are florally engraved typical of other guns in this series. Gun retains none of its orig finish though metal exhibits a smooth gray surface overall. These scarce guns based, on Smith & Wesson’s patents, were made in 1854 & 1855 in both large and small frame varieties of which about 1,200 guns were produced. Norm Flayderman states, in his iconic “Guide To American Arms”, “An important pioneer arm to both Smith & Wesson and Winchester collectors, the quite limited production total makes these pistols highly prized and difficult to obtain”. CONDITION: This gun overall is in good condition being overall gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. There are numerous small dents and scratches, especially at junction of loading gate. Spring loaded guide is stiff and difficult to seat as there is slight bend at end of its track. Stocks are fine and solid retaining about half of their original varnish finish with several scattered small dings and dents. Mechanics are fine and functional with strong bright bore with some scattered very fine pitting. 4-41547 JS (10,000-15,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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