Smith & Wesson Model 1-1/2 Short barrel


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kdave21
March 5, 2011, 07:12 AM
Does anyone have a guess as to how many of these were made? These have the address on the side, and the barrel measure just over 2.5" I cant seem to find a number anywhere... Thanks.

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kdave21
March 5, 2011, 07:23 AM
Clarification: I am referring to Model 1-1/2 SECOND issue. Thanks.

Radagast
March 5, 2011, 09:34 PM
100,700 manufactured between 1868 & 1875.

Jim K
March 5, 2011, 09:46 PM
I can't find any info on the number made with the 2 1/2" barrel. As you know, most had the 3 1/2" barrel with only a few having the short barrel. The barrel extends only 1/4" or so beyond the ejector rod. The only one I have seen pictured (I have never actually seen one) is in Neal & Jinks and is an engraved presentation piece. I suspect they were more of a special order item than a standard production piece.

Jim

BMur
March 12, 2011, 09:01 PM
You have a very scarce variation of that model. There were actually 3 variants of the "short barrel". 2 1/2", 2 5/8" and 2 3/4". The late Frank Sellers wrote a book on this revolver. He with Roy Jinks (Smith and Wesson Factory historian) never found out why they made the 3 variations. Your's in the 2 1/2" bbl length is the least common found and worth the most. Oh, I just re-read your original post saying the barrel measures just a little more than 2 1/2"..It might be the 2 5/8" variation. Take a close look. I actually have the 2 3/4" bbl in my collection. Market value on these is respectable depending on condition. You should write Roy Jinks for a factory letter.I did for mine and ask him about production numbers. He would include that in the letter and you would of course increase the value of your Smitty accordingly.The Smith letters are pretty cheap too. Last one I got was $35.

BMur

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