1948 Print .38 Smith Wesson Double Action Revolver Colt N. P. Gun PR3
This 63+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging throughout. Light creasing. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the reverse.
- Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
- Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
- Dimensions: Approximately 5.75 x 8 inches; 15 x 20 cm
- Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
- Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
Smith & Wesson.
Smith and Wesson was originally founded in 1852, by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson. Smith first became familiar with firearms while employed at the National Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts; while Wesson gained his experience from being an apprentice to his brother Edwin Wesson, who was a leader in the pistol and target rifle industry during the 1840s.
Smith and WessonÕs first creation was the Volcanic lever-action repeating pistol, followed shortly thereafter by the Rimfire cartridge. Unfortunately, the company was not generating the sales and success it had hoped, and by 1854, the Smith and Wesson company was already facing financial troubles. In order to keep their business afloat, they were forced to sell the company to Oliver Winchester, a shirt maker of the time. Consequently, the company was renamed Winchester Repeating Arms Company, named, in part, after the repeating pistol Smith and Wesson had previously created.
Two years later, the company came out with a revolver that would fire the previously patented Rimfire cartridge. The revolver became the first successfully self-contained cartridge revolver in the world. Realizing the uniqueness of the firearm, the company quickly patented the revolver; thus making them a very young and very lucrative company. However, upon the impending patent expiration, the business realized it must manufacture a new revolutionary advancement in the firearm industry in order to maintain and increase the companyÕs profitability, and so the Model 3 American was born. This particular handgun was the first large caliber cartridge revolver, and the United States Calvary and the Russian Imperial Government quickly scooped up scores of the firearm. Such innovations quickly spawned Smith & Wesson as a world leader in handgun production. The company remains the largest handgun manufacturer in the United States, and its guns have become a standard for police and armed forces throughout the world.
Smith and Wesson guns were used in Clint Eastwood's movie Dirty Harry.
The Smith and Wesson Model 3 was a favorite of Wyatt Earp.
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