Smith & Wesson Schofield Revolver

Description
Physical Description
Smith & Wesson First Model Schofield revolver, .45 caliber.
Specific History
This Smith & Wesson was found loaded at the Little Big Horn Battlefield in 1883.
General History
The Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver, .45 caliber, was manufactured from 1875 to 1878. The vast majority of the 9,000 guns went to the U.S. Army. Many saw service in the Indian Wars, though they were reported in use as late as the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection. The First Model Schofield has a latch configuration that is rather pointed at the top and has a circle around the screwhead at the bottom. Serial-number range will give you an indication of whether it is First or Second Model; the numbers change from the First Model to the Second Model at a little over 3,000.
licensee
Schofield
maker
Smith & Wesson
Place Made
United States
found
United States: Montana
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
steel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 in x 12 3/4 in x 2 in; 15.24 cm x 32.385 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
AF.1788
catalog number
1788
accession number
17418
Credit Line
Charles E. Bendire
subject
Firearms
related event
Battle of the Little Bighorn
The Development of the Industrial United States
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Exhibition
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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