WELLS FARGO Antique S&W 1st Mod SCHOFIELD Revolver
One of 3,035 First Models Manufactured in 1875
Here we present an antique Wells Fargo & Co. Express marked Smith & Wesson First Model Schofield Single Action Revolver in .45 S&W, manufactured in 1875. A total of 3,035 First Models were manufactured in 1875. This revolver was part of a group that was purchased when the Schofields were removed from service and had their barrels shortened to 5 inches by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham before being sold to Wells Fargo & Co. The express companies required affordable, reliable weapons for their agents to defend against criminals during stagecoach holdups and train robberies. Their fast loading capabilities would have been important given Jesse and Frank James, Cole Younger, and other outlaw legends of the Old West are also known to have carried Schofields and other variations of the Smith & Wesson No. 3.
This example has the standard First Model markings, “W F & CO’S. EX 1185” added on the right side under the Schofield patent marking, standard blade and notch sights, and smooth grips. It has the S&W rework star on the butt and comes with a marked leather flap holster.
The overall condition is very good. The iron parts have a light gray patina. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The walnut grips show appropriate wear and remain in great shape. The bore is in good shape with nice rifling. The action is strong. The cylinder timing is off just a tad so that the cylinder needs about 1/8 inch to hit the cylinder stop. The holster is in very good condition. Here is a fantastic piece of Old West history!
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Barrel is 5 inches.
Caliber: .45 Schofield (also known as .45 S&W)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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