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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by the Black Spot, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. the Black Spot

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    Whats the consensus on the pronunciation of "Schofields" revolver. "Sho" or "Sko"?
    I say sho(as in Schultz), wondered what others say?
     
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    All I've ever heard is SKO.
     
  3. shootstraight57

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    Even Clint Eastwood pronounced it Sko. in the movie Unforgiven!
     
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    Sk just like in the word school.
     
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    SKO.
     
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    Or, one could see the movie remake of "3:10 to Yuma" (with Russell Crowe) and hear them called Skofeelds (my phonetic spelling).
     
  10. GBExpat

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    SKO for me.

    Now ... carb-bean or car-byne ? :)
     
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    It's skol or skull "field". ;)
     
  12. Driftwood Johnson

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    Howdy

    It is pronounced Skofeeld.

    Trust me.

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    By the way, I would never let that young lady from Taylor's touch one of my antique Schofields, not the way she slammed it shut. And she is not quite correct about how historically accurate the imports Taylor's sells are. They made a major change in the length of the cylinder to be able to accommodate cartridges such as 45 Colt and 44 -40. The original 45 Schofield cylinder was a bit shorter because the 45 Schofield round is shorter than 45 Colt or 44-40.

    When Smith & Wesson approached the Army for a government contract, the Army was adamant they wanted a 45 caliber service cartridge, such as was already being used in the Colt Single Action Army. S&W was already producing large quantities of 44 caliber Top Breaks for the Russians. It was fairly simple for S&W to bore out the chambers and barrel of their 44 caliber Top Breaks to 45, but chambering the revolver for 45 Colt would have meant lengthening the cylinder and frame to accommodate the Colt cartridge. This would have meant a change of tooling for S&W. They did not want to go through the effort to change tooling while they were in the middle of the lucrative Russian contracts. So a compromise was reached and the shorter 45 Schofield round was chambered for the Schofield model. Ultimately S&W was correct, the Army only bought about 7000 Schofield revolvers while S&W produced about 150,000 Russian models.
     
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    If the Major pronounced his name in a more Germanic fashion, it's "Sho." If the name was Anglicized, it would have sounded like "Sko." I lean toward the first because I had a good friend in grade school whose family used the German version (they weren't related to the major).

    That said, Coues pronounced his name "Cows" but nobody ever gets that right either.
     
  14. Driftwood Johnson

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    Oh, for Pete's sake. A member of my club was Doc Schofield, and he pronounced is name Skofeeld.

    That is the correct pronunciation of the Top Break revolvers built for the Army by Smith and Wesson.

    I can assure you that is how Roy Jinks, the official S&W historian, as well as my fellow members of the Smith and Wesson Collectors Association pronounce it.
     
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  15. the Black Spot

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    Thanks all. My german roots got me on the "sho" part.
    I want to say "shool" instead of "skool" also.
     
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    Nice pistols...... but was S&W correct in not making the lengthened parts because the army purchased so few, Or by not lengthening the parts did S&W make the outcome of low Army sales fait accompli.
     
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    On Oahu HI there is an Army base called the Schofield Barracks, named for the general, and they pronounce it "Sko".
     
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    In RIO BRAVO Ricky Nelson asked Duke, "You always carry that car-bin cocked?" Bin, like trash bin.
     
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