Page 202 - 86-Book1
P. 202

     LOT 198
Scarce Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle with
Case - Serial no. 761, 320 cal., 18 inch solid rib bbl., blue finish, hard rubber grips. Manufactured from 1879 to 1887, the Model
320 revolving rifle is one of the rarest Smith & Wesson firearms
Of the 977 Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifles manufactured, only 514 were produced with an 18 inch barrel.
 rubber red mottled forearm with the S&W ograms in a circle at the tops. The stock is smooth
 produced with a total production of 977. These firearms were serial
numbered from 1 to 977 and out of the 977 manufactured, 514
had the 18 inch barrel. The Model 320 was manufactured using the
frame, cylinder and basic action of the New Model No. 3 revolver
with some minor differences in the hammer and trigger and the
barrel made of two pieces. A slot is cut into the butt and a hole
drilled in the back strap to accommodate the shoulder stock. The
rifle features an 18 inch barrel with no front sight and two leaf
folding rear sight. The top of the rib is marked with the two line
address/patent dates. The matching serial number appears on the
butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. Blue finish with casehardened
hammer and trigger guard. The barrel is fitted with a checkered hard
monogram on the underside. The grips are matching with S&W mon
walnut with blue finished attaching iron and a checkered black hard rubber buttplate with S&W monogram. The stock has the desirable peep sight. The original case has
brass corner protectors. The lining is felt and there are three compartments (one for the rifle, one for the stock and one for a box of cartridges). Comes with a box of UMC revolving rifle cartridges.
CONDITION: Very fine. This Revolving Rifle retains 80% original blue finish showing some thinning to a brown and some high edge wear. The back strap has a smooth gray patina mixed with original blue finish. Some mild spotting is present. The hammer retains most of the vivid original case colors and the trigger guard has traces of original case colors, otherwise faded to a silver-gray. The forearm and grips are excellent showing a few minor handling marks and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically fine. The stock is very fine with the attaching iron retaining 90% original blue finish and the wood having a repaired chip near the toe, thumb size shallow pressure dent and some minor handling marks. The case is fair with repairs and one of the brass corners detached, but included in the case.
200 Estimate: 16,000 - 25,000

   200   201   202   203   204