06 May Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 1st Model Commercial Model
Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 1st Model Commercial Model
|Model||Manufactuer||Type||Caliber||Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 1st Model Commercial Model||Smith & Wesson||Revolver||.44 Russian|
About the Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 1st Model Commercial Model
Serial Numbers 1-20000 obviously
Smith & Wesson produced large numbers of the Model 3, in three distinct models, for the Russian Empire by special order. The first was the 1st Model Russian (the original order design), with the Russian Ordnance Inspector mandating a number of improvements to the design, resulting in the 2nd Model Russian, with a final revision to the Russian design being known as the 3rd Model Russian.
Smith & Wesson nearly went bankrupt as a result of their Russian Contract production, as the Imperial government assigned a number of engineers and gunsmiths to reverse-engineer the Smith & Wesson design, and then began to produce copies of the revolver—both in their own arsenal at Tula and by contracting other manufacturers in Germany and elsewhere in Europe to manufacture copies of the revolver (a common practice at the time—Webley & Scott’s British Bulldog revolver was widely copied, too, by European and American gunsmiths).