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Smith & Wesson Revolvers

In 1852, Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson formed a partnership to market a lever action repeating pistol. Smith had honed his skills in the firearms trade while working at the National Armory, Wesson was a former apprentice to his brother, Edwin Wesson, the leading maker of target pistols and rifles in the 1840s. Together, they became Smith & Wesson. The legendary arms maker dominated the handgun business in the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets for almost a century.

Smith & Wesson began making single-action revolvers before the Civil War and went on to arm sheriffs and cavalrymen with their revolvers throughout the Old West. Although Smith & Wesson began producing double-action revolvers three years after Colt, it was Smith & Wesson that quickly dominated the market. Its first models were top breaks offered in various frame sizes and calibers from short .32-caliber models to large-frame .44 calibers.

Smith & Wesson's .44 Magnum revolver was proudly carried by Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" Hollywood character. And the S&W six-shot .38-caliber revolver, the Model 10, was one of the most relied upon handguns of the 20th century. With a legacy of quality American-made handguns dating back to the pre-Civil War era, Smith & Wesson revolvers remain some of the world's most coveted weapons.


Quick Facts

  • In 2015, a rare Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum DA Revolver that belonged to firearms enthusiast Elmer Keith sold at a James D Julia auction for $28,750, well above its $7,000 high estimate
  • In 2015 at Rock Island Auction, a Nimschke New York Engraved Smith & Wesson Model 3 Revolver sold for $48,875
  • A Gustave Young 1893 Chicago World’s Fair engraved Smith & Wesson Frontier revolver sold at a James D. Julia auction in September 2013 for $155,250

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Smith & Wesson 686-6 Revolver
Mar 08, 12:00 PM MST
Smith & Wesson 686-6 Revolver
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
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Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
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Est: $0- $0
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Smith & Wesson 10-6 Revolver
Mar 08, 12:00 PM MST
Smith & Wesson 10-6 Revolver
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$2508 Bids
Smith & Wesson 29-2 .44 Magnum
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 29-2 .44 Magnum
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$9008 Bids
Smith & Wesson Revolver .22 LR
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
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by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
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Smith & Wesson Revolver .38 S&W Spl
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
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by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
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Smith & Wesson Chermical Model 278 Gas Gun 37mm
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson Chermical Model 278 Gas Gun 37mm
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1757 Bids
Smith & Wesson Model 60 .38 SPL
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson Model 60 .38 SPL
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$6006 Bids
Smith & Wesson 36 .38 S&W Spl
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 36 .38 S&W Spl
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$3256 Bids
Smith & Wesson 649-1 .38 S&W Spl.
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 649-1 .38 S&W Spl.
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2256 Bids
Smith & Wesson 43c 22lr Revolver
Mar 08, 12:00 PM MST
Smith & Wesson 43c 22lr Revolver
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1306 Bids
Smith & Wesson 15-2 .38 Special
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 15-2 .38 Special
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2755 Bids
Smith & Wesson 638-3 .38 S&W Spl +P
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 638-3 .38 S&W Spl +P
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2505 Bids
Smith & Wesson 686 .357 Magnum
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 686 .357 Magnum
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$4255 Bids
Smith & Wesson Revolver .22 LR
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson Revolver .22 LR
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$3254 Bids
Smith & Wesson 638-3 .38 S&W Spl +P
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 638-3 .38 S&W Spl +P
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2254 Bids
Smith & Wesson 638-3 .38 S&W Spl +P
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 638-3 .38 S&W Spl +P
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2254 Bids
Smith & Wesson 686-6 Deluxe .357 Magnum
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 686-6 Deluxe .357 Magnum
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$6504 Bids
Smith & Wesson 638-3 .38 S&W Spl +P
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 638-3 .38 S&W Spl +P
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2254 Bids
Smith & Wesson 24-3 .44 Magnum
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson 24-3 .44 Magnum
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$8004 Bids
Smith & Wesson M629-2 .44 Magnum
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Smith & Wesson M629-2 .44 Magnum
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$7504 Bids
SMITH & WESSON GOVERNOR .45 / .410 REVOLVER
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
SMITH & WESSON GOVERNOR .45 / .410 REVOLVER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $550- $750
$1803 Bids
Smith & Wesson Model 637-2 Double Action Revolver with Case
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Smith & Wesson Model 637-2 Double Action Revolver with Case
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $250- $450
$2252 Bids
Two Smith & Wesson Double Airweight Double Action Revolvers
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Two Smith & Wesson Double Airweight Double Action Revolvers
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $600- $900
$5001 Bid

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