Elvis Presley's S&W Model 53 Revolver Sold For Almost $200,000

Rock Island Auction Company’s premier auctions always contain firearms that belonged to prominent figures such as renowned political and military leaders, artists, celebrities, etc. The recently-ended August 2023 Rock Island Premier Firearms Auction was no exception and there was a Smith & Wesson Model 53 revolver consigned to this auction that once belonged to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley. The estimated price range that this revolver was expected to be sold at was $60,000 – $90,000, however, the King’s wheelgun was sold for over twice the estimated high price – $199,750.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Need For Speed with the .22 Jet

I was taking a break at a hunting base camp resupplying to go after elk after a hard week of hunting mule deer in deep snow, when the camp cook brought out a revolver to show us after dinner.  At first, I thought it was just a nice example of a 4-screw, 6″ barrel S&W N-Frame.  Then, he brought out the ammo for it, which was something I had not seen before: .22 Remington Jet.  I was looking at an S&W Model 53, one of the very few firearms ever chambered for this curious, bottlenecked .22 cartridge.

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