Smith & Wesson Schofield Revolver


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: SchofieldMaker: Smith & Wesson

Place Made: United StatesFound: United States: Montana

Subject: FirearmsRelated Event: Battle of the Little BighornThe Development of the Industrial United States


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Charles E. Bendire

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.1788Catalog Number: 1788Accession Number: 17418

Object Name: revolverOther Terms: revolver; Firearms; Center Fire; .44 In; Rifled; 02; 2G; Sa

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


Record Id: nmah_414311

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