Smith and Wesson .44 DA First Model
The .44 DA was Smith and Wesson's first attempt at a double action revolver, and it is to this day one of the finest designs and executions ever, far superior to anything Colt or Remington had on the market at the time. This 140 year-old gun can easily measure itself against any modern revolver. It is reliable, accurate and sturdy, well balanced in the hand, and aesthetically pleasing. The .44 DA First Model came in various calibers, the most common (and the only one to be considered antique) is the .44 "Russian". Although these guns were still being assembled as late as 1915, all frames had been produced prior to 1899, according to S&W factory records, which makes most of them antique according to Canadian regulations.
This one is perhaps the nicest I have ever had. It is an early production model, probably 1881 or '82. There is a stamp under the grips (1259 and "star") which indicates that it was shipped back to the Springfield factory in December of 1959 for a complete refurbishing. The nickel plating is near-mint, the deep blue on the trigger guard and latch is awesome, and the case colors on the hammer and trigger are very pronounced. The pearl grips show gorgeous patterns of irredescent light with only a few very small chips and cracks at the top, near the frame. The action is tight and accurate, and the cylinder locks up without any play. The bore is bright and shiny with two spots about an inch in from the muzzle. The rifling is very strong. This gun is in unbelievable condition for its age!
SN 7339, rated excellent as factory refinished overall.

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