Unfortunately, the Smith & Wesson factory records for this period are incomplete and do not give a comprehensive picture of production. Although these revolvers remained basically the same throughout production, many minor variations were introduced. Barrel lengths are usually 6" and the lowest 5 " noted is #173. Note the overlap in serial numbers between this and Type 2. The new die, although the same length as the previous one, has slightly taller letters.
The first delivery of #2s was made on June 22, 1861, a shipment of three revolvers with 6 inch barrels to J. An easy way to spot the new die is the absence of the period after "Smith" which was present in the old die, It is interesting to watch the breaking up of the old die.
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The frustration is in the difficulty of securing enough data to make positive conclusions.
The observations made here are not the final work on the Model 2 Army.
Indeed they are only a beginning, but hopefully they will be a stepping stone to enable the next student to do a better job. Kittridge & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio" on the left side of the barrel. Recorded serial range 10627 - 40044 This type is the same as type 3 except for an increase in the size of the serial number stamps. Recorded serial range 37188 - 59680 This variation appears to be an attempt at economy as the final milling cut on the breech face was eliminated.
On the underside of the barrel: NP surmounted by an eagle, .38 .767" .3.5 TONS. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2003–2004": The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 2 (Fall, 2004) Of Arms and Men: Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan, 1912–2012 [adapted from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v.
The grip escutcheon is now dished instead of contoured with the grip and grip screw head is rounded instead of contoured (See drawing).The hammer knurling is changed and checkering added to the trigger. Inside of the grip strap of the frame, the mill cut that forms the recess for the lip of the grip is not as deep necessitating a smaller lip on the grip. Recorded serial range 71759 76662 Identical to type 8 except hinge screw changed to flat head flush with frame. It appears that the plain Jane number twos have the flat screw, but the special finished and engraved ones have the rounded head. An assembly mark is found on the face of the cylinder, the rear or the barrel, and on the frame under the grip.This assembly number will be the same or, if it is a mismatched gun, the serial numbers will be on the butt and on the inside of the right grip.The original design for the grip, dated 1883, is preserved in the Tiffany archives. Inscription: Inscribed along the top of the barrel: SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS U. This assembly mark may be numbers, letters, or a combination of both. A large number of special markings are found on the Model No. These include both factory and non-factory markings.Factory markings include "second quality" (on 35 guns), markings put on for purchasers of large quantities of guns (such as the Kittridge Co.Attempting a research project, making a study, or merely observing is both a rewarding and a frustrating experience.It is rewarding due to the new findings, the substantiating and documenting of theories, and the clarifying of known data.On #3167 only the back or the G in Springfield is broken out.By #41812, the S, M, I, and T in Smith, 0 in Wesson, I, C, I, E, L, and D in Springfield and M, A, S in Mass, are partially broken and some others are thin in places.