Smith & Wesson Model 3

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The Smith & Wesson Model 3 was a single-action, cartridge-firing, top-break revolver developed in 1869, and produced by Smith & Wesson from circa 1870 to 1874.

The Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model Pattern I (1871) revolver were identical to the Model 3 American, except chambered for the 44 S&W Russian. The following 2nd & 3rd models have many differences, so they are located on their own page.

In 1875, the US Ordnance Board granted Smith & Wesson a contract to outfit the military with Model 3 revolvers incorporating the design improvements of Major George W. Schofield, known as the Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver.

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Smith & Wesson Model 3

Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 1st Model - .44 Russian. The original American Model is identical, only chambered for .44 S&W American.

Specifications

(1870 - 1874)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .44 S&W American, .44 Russian
  • Weight: ?
  • Length: ?
  • Barrel length(s): 8 in (20.3 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round cylinder
  • Fire Modes: Single Action

The Smith & Wesson Model 3 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Antosha Rybkin Boris Chirkov Antosha Rybkin Supposedly Russian 1st Model 1942
Prairie Hunters in Mexico (Präriejäger in Mexiko) Kolio Donchev Black Gérard Supposedly Russian 1st Model 1988
Roland Seidler French Captain
Settlers
Pelagia and the White Bulldog (Pelagiya i bely buldog) Sergei Ugryumov Stepan Shiryaev Denix M1869 Smith & Wesson non-firing replica 2009
Sergei Legostaev Murad
Andrey Mezhulis Felix Lagrange
Aleksey Vertkov Petya Telianov
Blue Ruin Replica 2015
Wilson City Jirí Machácek Aaron Food w/ nickel finish and pearl grips 2015
Vojtech Dyk Kvido Eisner
'Lubos Kostelný Commissioner Brunner

Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3

Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3. Target configuration
Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 with unusual 5 inch barrel
Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 with nickel finish and target sights
Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 with 5 inch barrel and nickel finish - .44 Russian

Introduced in 1878, Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 was Smith & Wessons perfected single action top break revolver, generally smaller and lighter than previous models. It returned to the original Smith & Wesson barrel latch system, a change stemming mainly from the company's desire to stop paying royalties to George W Schofield. It was, after the Colt Single Action Army, the most popular revolver of the later frontier era, in fact more New Model No. 3s were made than Single Action Armies during the 19th century, though the majority went to foreign military contracts.

Specifications

(1878 - 1915)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .45 S&W Schofield, .45 Webley, .450 Revolver, .455 Mk I and .455 Mk II, .44 S&W Russian, .44 S&W American, .44-40 WCF, .44 Rimfire Henry, .41 S&W, .38-40 WCF, .38-44 S&W, .38 Colt, .38 S&W, .32 S&W, .32-44 S&W, .320 S&W Revolving Rifle
  • Weight: 2.9 lb (1.3 kg)
  • Length: 12 in (30.5 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 8 in (20.3 cm), 7.5 in (19.0 cm), 7 in (17.7 cm), 6.5 in - most common barrel length (16.5 cm), 6 in (15.2 cm), 5 in (12.7 cm), 4 in (10.16 cm), 3.5 in (8.8 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round cylinder
  • Fire Modes: Single Action

The Smith & Wesson Model 3 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Hannie Caulder Robert Culp Luther Price 1971
Raquel Welch Hannie Caulder
Joe Kidd John Saxon Luis Chama 1972
Cuba Danny De La Paz Julio Mederos Probably a Spanish copy 1979
The Last Hunt (Poslednyaya okhota) Oleg Borisov John Horsfield 1980
Romancing the Stone Juan Japanese Contract version 1984
Tombstone Sam Elliott Virgil Earp Nickel Finish, Pearl Grips 1993
The Quick and the Dead Leonardo DiCaprio The Kid Nickel Finish, Trigger guard removed 1995
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Casey Affleck Bob Ford Nickel plated 2007

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note Air Date
The Blacklist - Season 2 James Spader Raymond "Red" Reddington "T. Earl King VI (No. 94)"(SO2E14) 2013 - Present
The Son - Season 2 Mexican Army officer "Numunuu" (S2E01) 2019


See Also

  • Smith & Wesson - A list of all firearms manufactured by Smith & Wesson.



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