Smith & Wesson New Model No.3

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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.



(1878 - year)

  • 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 (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 New Model No.3 has been used in the following films:


Title Actor Character Note Date
White Fang Nikolai Plotnikov Beauty Smith 1946
Lev Sverdlin Matt
Restless Youth (Trevozhnaya molodost) Haidamaks 1955
Baltic Glory (Baltiyskaya slava) An Anarchist sailor 1957
The Sons of Great Bear Gerhard Rachold Lt. Roach 1966
Hannjo Hasse Pitt
A Professional Gun (Il mercenario) Jack Palance Ricciolo alias 'Curly' 1968
Franco Ressel Studs
Tito García Garcia's Cousin
Family Happiness (Semeynoe schastye) Andrey Mironov Fyodor Sigayev Spanish or Belgian copy; pearl grips 1969
Valentin Gaft Gun store clerk
The Pacifist (La pacifista) Daniel Olbrychski Sergey Abramov 1970
Pierre Clementi Stranger
Hannie Caulder Robert Culp Luther Price 1971
Raquel Welch Hannie Caulder
Joe Kidd John Saxon Luis Chama 1972
The Sannikov Land (Zemlya Sannikova) Georgi Vitsin Ignatiy Spanish or Belgian copy; nickel plated with pearl grips 1973
Vladislav Dvorzhetsky Ilyin
Cuba Danny De La Paz Julio Mederos Probably a Spanish copy 1979
The Last Hunt (Poslednyaya okhota) Oleg Borisov John Horsfield 1980
A Cruel Romance Nikita Mikhalkov Paratov Spanish or Belgian copy; nickel plated with pearl grips 1984
Aleksandr Pankratov-Chyornyy Semenovsky
Andrey Myagkov Karandyshev
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


Show Title Actor Character Note Air Date
Operation Trust (Operatsiya "Trest") Anatoli Adoskin Staff Capt. Radkevich 1967
The Road to Calvary (Khozhdenie po mukam) Oleg Kaznacheev An Anarchist Nickel plated; Ep.8 1977
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Vasily Livanov Sherlock Holmes Spanish or Belgian copy 1979-1986
Vitaly Solomin Dr. Watson
The Blacklist - Season 2 James Spader Raymond "Red" Reddington "T. Earl King VI (No. 94)"(SO2E14) 2013 - Present

See Also

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

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