The S&W Number 2

Tam @ The Arms Room writes

The timing of the Number 2′s launch could not have been more propitious, coming as it did shortly on the heels of the shelling of Fort Sumter. Although it was never officially adopted by the U.S. Army, Yankee soldiers spent their own money ordering them to the point that S&W had to close their order books only a year or two into the war, and the revolver to this day is informally known as the “Old Army” model, despite its lack of official contracts.

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  • Dave

    It appears that the trigger is a solid non moving piece of metal. Could somebody please explain how this pistol was actually fired?

  • Cymond

    It’s called a spur trigger – the real trigger is a thick blade in the middle of the spur. Spur triggers are still used on North American Arms mini revolvers. Take a look at them if you want to see more.

  • Moss E. Berg

    Looks like a derringer style trigger. The trigger in the picture looks to be in the depressed position. Just visualize the blade of a glock trigger safety that is pressed as you pull the main trigger. This style trigger is positioned in between the fixed outer parts of the trig frame.