History of S&W Small Frame Top Break Revolvers

Tam, via The Arms Room, brings us an interesting post about the Smith & Wesson’s small frame top break revolvers …

Although Smith & Wesson introduced their centerfire top-break revolvers, complete with automatic simultaneous extraction and ejection, in 1870, they were only available as bulky holster pistols for over half a decade. It wasn’t until 1876 that they brought a smaller model, suitable for concealed carry, to the market.



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  • Bryan Anderson

    I was hoping someone would be able to tell me what 1 of these hamerless top break s & w .38 revolvers with the grip safety and nickel plating are worth thanks