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Welcome to our "Smith & Wesson Pre-War Revolvers" Page
1945 and Earlier Revolver's"
 
Shown in the left column are the revolvers that we have for sale,
and in the right column, ones that have been sold! 
 
If you have any questions on availability or price, Please E-mail ! 
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If you have a Revolver or a collection you would like to sell,

Email us with a description & your contact info.

 
 Please send us a "Want List" of item's you are looking for!
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This Item is For Sale!

B119

Smith & Wesson .38 Double Action Perfected Revolver

 

With a 4 inch Barrel, Nickel Finish, Case Color Hammer & Trigger,

Standard Non-Adjustable Sights, and chambered for 5 .38 S&W caliber cartridges

The revolver is in exceptonal condition over-all, with a perfect bore and cylinder chambers.

 

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B118

 

Smith & Wesson Pre War .38 Hand Ejector Model of 1905 4th Change

"Target" Variation with a Rare Special Order 4 inch Barrel

 

Any one who collects K Frames or has knowledge of S&W Target Variations knows how difficult it is to find a Target with a 4 inch barrel. Factory records show that thousands of Pre war .38 Hand Ejector Military & Police 4th Change Revolvers were manufactured. They were made with 2, 4, 5, and 6 inch barrels and could be ordered with Target Sights. The 6 inch Target variation was or seemed to be the most popular. However far less were made with Special Order 2, 4, and 5 inch barrels. There are no actual numbers published as to how many of each were made, but they are Rare!

 

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B117

 

Smith & Wesson Model of 1917 "Nickel" Target
 
"Ultra Rare Commercial Special Order Variation"
 
This Ultra Rare revolver comes complete with a Smith & Wesson Factory Historical Letter documenting its Very Rare Configuration by the Smith & Wesson Historian. It was shipped from Smith & Wesson on March 12, 1927 with a Nickel finish, 5 1/2 inch barrel, Target sights, and S&W Walnut checkered grips.  The revolver is chambered for .45 ACP cartridges. This is the only Smith & Wsson Model 1917 "Commercial Nickel Target Variation" we have ever seen that lettered as such.  Rarity is definitely the outstanding feature of this revolver.  It is one Very Unique Smith & Wesson and you may never see another one again! 
 
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 B116

 

Smith & Wesson Model of 1917 U.S.Army D A Revolver in original box

Manufactured in 1918 and chambered to hold six .45 ACP cartridges

 

This is simply one of the best S&W Model 1917 revolvers we have seen, and to have the original box with it makes this exquisite old Smith & wesson nearly impossible to improove on. The box is a little shelf worn with a couple of missing pieces from the years of storage, but over-all is not soiled badly, and the label is bright &  still very ledgible. Most 1917's have seen alot of use, but this one looks almost unused except for the light cylinder ring, a nick in the left grip panel, some light pin pricks on the side plate on the right side in front of the grip, and some lightness to the case colors on the right side of the trigger. Over-all this is a great old Smith & Wesson and would make a great investment piece.

 

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B115 

Smith & Wesson 38 Military & Police

Model of 1905 1st Change Double Action Revolver

 

This fine old revolver was manufactured in 1906, has a factory original blued finish, 6 1/2" barrel, with an excellant bore and cylinder chambers, and is chambered for the S&W .38 Special or .38 U.S. Service Cartridge. It is in the hard to find square butt configuration with a beautiful set of S&W factory original checkered Walnut grips with recessed tops serial numbered to the revolver. This beautiful old S&W also has great case color on the hammer and trigger, and the revolver has unlike alot of its counterparts kept alot of its original blued finish. These early Smith & Wesson Revolvers seen alot of variables that caused there finishes to deteriorate much sooner than in todays firearms do. First they were still using black powder when this revolver was built , along with poor storage conditions including humidity control compared to today, and last but not least the metallurgy in those days was not as technically advanced as it is today. The finish on these early firearms tended to flake away from the surfaces much more than todays finishes, even though in our opinion the early guns had much better over-all workmanship than todays firearms, unfortunately the metallurgy of the metals used still was not up to todays standards. Over-all this revolver is in very nice all original condition, and would make a great addition to any S&W collection.

 

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 B114

 

Smith & Wesson 38 New Departure 5th Model

Safety Hammerless Revolver

also known as the Smith & Wesson "Bicycle" Model 

 

This is a clssic 38 Safety Hammerless 5th Model or as it was nicknamed the Bicycle Model Revolver

This particular revolver was manufactured approximatly 1939

 

Bicycle Model Revolvers & Pistols were a very unique and Rare grouping of guns. If you go page by page through our website you will see various different models, styles, and makes of these famous guns. They were made both in long & short barrel versions, and carried either openly on the Bicycle attached by various types of holsters to the Bicycle frame, or concealed under ones jacket or coat as this particular revolver was designed. They did however have other purposes and uses also, and were concealed rather easily for personal protection. This neat old S&W shows very little actual use, and has remained in very good condition over the years. The bore and cylinder chanbers are in excellant condition, and the Factory Original checkered Walnut grips are also great. The revolver has about all of its factory original blued finish, but does have some areas of what appears to be some discoloration or staining perhaps from storage over the years in a oiled case or holster. The condition is not unsightly but must be mentioned! If you study the photos provided you can see it in certain areas like the side plate, although the angled photos still does not show it well we tried. If you have any futher question please go to our Contact Us Page & Email

 

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B101

 

Smith & Wesson Model 1905 4th Change 32/20 Hand Ejector Pre War Target 

 

Late 1930's Manufacture with a 6" barrel, fully adjustable rear target sight, plain patridge front, blued finish, Case Hardened Hammer & Trigger, and factory square butt Walnut grips with S&W Silver Medalions. The overall condition of this revolver is very nice, but shows some wear on the sides of the barrel & muzzle, also some of the sharp edges, including an area of blueing loss on the back of the frame just behind the cylinder release. Please Examine the photo's carefully , we tried our best to show all angles. This great old 32/20 target, is "Very Rare" in this configuration, and a dificult model variation to find. If you like K Frame S&W targets and are missing this target variation, this one would make a great addition to your collection.

 

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B102

 

   Pre-war Smith & Wesson .38 New Departure 5th model Revolver

 

Shown here is a Vintage 1930's Smith & Wesson .38 New Departure 5th model,

 or .38 Safety Hammerless 5th Model which ever you prefer. Shown in its original Flip Top Style S&W box, a little tattered but original. To find a blued finish Safety with factory walnut grips, with this condition, in its original box is a "Rare Find", and would make any Safety Hammerless Collectors day. 

 

 

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B103

 

     Pre-war Smith & Wesson .38 cal. Double Action Perfected Model 

 

 You are viewing a pristine Smith & Wesson .38 cal. Double Action Perfected Model
with original box and paperwork. The over-all condition of this great vintage pre-war revolver and accessories is Excellant!

 

 

 

 

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B104

 

Smith & Wesson .38 Military & Police Model of 1905 4th Change "Target" Revolver

 Manufactured Approx. 1936  

 

This photo shows a splendid Pre-war Factory Original Smith & Wesson .38 Military & Police Model of 1905 4th Change Target revolver with a 6" barrel, blued finish, and factory checkered walnut grips with S&W medalions.

 

This old beauty is in Pristine Condition! Not much upgrading to be done here!

 

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B105

 

Smith & Wesson Model of 1899 with Nickel Finish

Chambered for the .38 S&W Special Service Cartridge

 

This great old S&W 19th century revolver was manufactured with a Nickel finish, non target military style sights, a seldom seen 4" barrel chambered for the .38 S&W Special Service cartridges, black hard rubber grips, and case hardened hammer & trigger. It has a very early three digit serial number with all numbers matching except the grips, and has most of the original Nickel finish is still remaining, with some surface patina, and some wear from normal use over the past 110 years, but is still in great shape for its age. Incredible though for a black powder era revolver the internal parts of this neat old S&W appear to be in fine working order, with the bore and cylinder chambers still in fantastic condition.

 

 

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#B106

 

Smith & Wesson Model of 1905 .38 Military & Police 4th Change Revolver

Manufactured in 1939

 

This is a Beautiful factory original Pre-war Smith & Wesson Model of 1905 .38 Military & Police 4th Change Square Butt Revolver with a hard to find 5 inch barrel is just like new. The revolver has seen very little if any actual use, and appears to have been factory test fired only. The revolver is completly factory original. It comes complete with its original Pre-war Style Smith & Wesson Maroon Flip Top or hinged top style box serial numbered to the gun. It wears a fine pair of Factory Smith & Wesson diamond style checkered non-medalion Walnut grips, with the serial number correctly penciled on the inside of the grip matching the revolver, all other serial's on the gun match also! As the photos show it has a very faint cylinder line, great case colored hammer & trigger, wonderful blued finish, and shows "Absolutly No Signs of Wear" . As you would expect from any great old Smith & Wesson like this, the revolver functions as new, and has a great bore & cylinder. The box shows some shelf wear on the edges probably from storage over its life in a safe, but all in all, this is one you will find it very hard to improove on.

This would be a fine Investment Piece!

  

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#B107

 

Smith & Wesson Regulation Police Revolver 

Chambered for .38 S&W Special

 

This is a very early 1st year production with a nickel finnish, standard factory options, and a beautiful set of original Walnut Regulatin Police Grips with S&W gold medalions. It is in great original condition with only a few handling marks.

 

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#B108
 "RARE"
Pre/war Smith & Wesson 22/32 Hand Ejector Kit Gun
 
 This is a square butt style design grip configuration wearing a beautiful set S&W medalion Walnut  grips with diamond style checkering, a 4 inch non ribbed barrel chambered for the .22 caliber long rifle cartridge, a six shot capacity cylinder, both stationary front & a fully adjustable rear target sights, blued finish, and its original Maroon color hinged top or flip top style box.
  
 

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#B109

 

Two Pre/war Smith & Wesson K22 Outdoorsman Revolvers 

 One shipped in 1936. the other in 1937

 

Both K22 revolvers came complete with S&W factory original red picture frame boxes.

The overall condition on both was 99% +  and would be difficult if not impossible to improove on.

They were part of a Great K Frame Collection we purchased from an old time S&W Collector. 

 As you can tell by our WEB address www.k22bob.com Smith & Wesson K frames are one of our specialties,

and also what Bob personally collects. If we can help with any questions about S&W K Frames just ask!

We will be more than glade help if we know the answer, or we will help you find the person who can.

 

 

 

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#B110

 

Pre/war Smith & Wesson 23\32 Heavy Frame Target Revolver 

 

This is one of the finest 22/32's we have offered! 

Chambered for .22 cal. long rifle cartridge, it came with a great set of Smith & Wesson Extention Target Stocks, had all of its original blued finish, a fine case color Hammer & Trigger,all matching parts, and a nice solid box. This great Smith & Wesson would be almost impossable to up-grade.

 

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#B111

 

 Pre/war Smith & Wesson .32 cal. Double Action "4th Model" Revolver
 
with a 3 1/2" barrel in its original box. ANIB
 
 

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 B112

 

Smith & Wesson Pre-War Model 38/44 Heavy Duty "Special Target" Revolver

A very Unique & Interesting revolver, manufactured in 1931.

 

It is chambered for the .38 special cartridge, or Super Police Rounds.

As most S&W Collectors know the 38/44 Heavy Duty for the most part was a non-target police or military duty revolver, and was not intended to be a target revolver, as it's counterpart the S&W 38/44 Outdoorsman was. But a few of these revolvers were adapted for target sights, as this certainly was. One man who liked to alter, and experiment with these adaptations, was well known revolver target shooter Ed McGivern, and was known also for the "38/44 McGivern Target Model".  This particular revolver came from a police department in Ohio, and was altered to its curent configuration sometime prior to 1940, as it was in the police department arsenal, and recorded  as a S&W 38/44 Heavy Duty Target Model since the department started keeping records just prior to WW II. We purchased it from a retired police officer, who said he purchased it from the police department in 1993. We did check with the Smith & Wesson Factory Historian Roy Jinks, and the revolver was not shipped as a target model. But one thing is for sure, after looking at both factory correct and refinished firearms, particularly Smith & Wessons for over 40 years, I know a professional job when I see it, and this revolver was done by an expert! It shows no signs of refinishing, and the workmanship is outstanding right down to the milling of the sight groove. I guess there is always the possibility it could have been sent back to S&W at a later date, the possibility of factory records showing that would be slim to none. This is one of the cleanest 38/44 Heavy Duty Revolvers we have had in a long time, and it is still a realy neat and different configuration. If you are a N Frame S&W Collector, or just a "Gun Nut" in general, this would be a great Smith & Wesson conversation piece, and certainly deserves some more research. Too have this kind of custom work done today, would cost a small fortune, if you could find anyone capable of doing it!

 

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B113

Smith & Wesson 32/20 Hand Ejector Second Model 1902

Manufactured in 1904 and chambered for the .32 Winchester Center fire Caetridge

This great old S&W Hand Ejector is not in pristine condition, but it is over 100 years old, and there were less than 4500 of the second model produced which makes it one of the rarest models to obtain. This is one of those cases where rarity overcomes the revolvers over-all condition! It still weres alot of its original blue finish, which is one thing alot of the old antique and pre war guns lacked do to the poor storage conditions in those days, along with the lack of good metallurgical quality as in todays guns. One thing for sure the early workmanship in these guns was outstanding in every respect, with all hand fitted parts, great finishes, and very smooth actions. This nice old 32/20 H E wears a 4" barrel, Case Colored hammer & tigger, Factory original black hard rubber or Gunta Purcha checkered round butt grips, service style sights, and will hold six .32 Winchester centerfire black powder cartridges when fully loaded. The action is still crisp & locks up tight! The bore is much better than the average Black Powder Bore showing very light speckling, along with clean bright cylinder chambers. Over-all this would make a fine addition to any S&W Collection, a very nice representative sample!

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