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Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 3rd Model Commercial Model

Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 3rd Model Commercial Model

Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 3rd Model Commercial Model

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Model Manufactuer Type Caliber
Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 3rd Model Smith & Wesson Revolver .44 Henry Rimfire, .44 Russian, .44 S&W

About the Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 3rd Model

S&W Model 3 Russian 3rd Model

The Commercial Model Is The Most Valuable 

.44 Henry Rimfire Model Subtract 50%     Japanese Contract Subtract 70%

Turkish Model Subtract 50%                          Russian Contract Model Subtract 70%

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)

The Russian and European copies of the S&W Model 3 revolver were generally of very high quality, but considerably cheaper than the S&W produced revolvers. This led to the Imperial government cancelling the order for significant quantities of Smith & Wesson–made revolvers (which Smith & Wesson had already produced), and delaying (or refusing) payment for the handguns that had already been delivered



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