A Special Revolving Rifle From Smith & Wesson

posted on November 10, 2013
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Michael Ives

From 1879 to 1887, Smith & Wesson manufactured fewer than a thousand Model 320 revolving rifles, but the 20-inch barrel on this gun would have given any similar Colt Buntline revolver a run for its money. Smith & Wesson created this variation from the New Model No. 3 frame, including a two-piece, non-separable barrel with a fore end and grip panels composed of mottled hard rubber.

This rare revolver, on loan from collector Peter Dowd, features a detachable shoulder stock crafted from Circassian walnut with provision for a screw-in tang sight.

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