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December 9, 2010, 11:58 AM
I'm new to this forum so forgive me if I'm not in the right place. I've got a couple of civil war revolvers and have done some research but want to find out more about a Russian Model S&W. Is there a good place online to research serial numbers for these weapons? Sent messages to S&W but no response.

I also have a very rare Colt Dragoon (2nd Model) and trying to find the best way to insure and/or sell. Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated.


Jim Watson
December 9, 2010, 02:54 PM
I bet there are some experts here who can help you IF you provide close clear pictures and detailed descriptions.

There is also a S&W board at:

December 9, 2010, 06:27 PM
A Russian Model S&W is post Civil War-from 1870 or so.

December 9, 2010, 10:09 PM
I'd see; www.GunsAmerica.com or the site for Dixie Gun Works.
www.Cabelas.com may offer a few items too. Collectors Armory in north VA sold cool stuff for many years but Im not sure of the company's website or status. It's been around 18 years since I saw the product catalog. ;)


James K
December 9, 2010, 10:30 PM
Pictures, pictures, especially the Dragoon as there have been many reproductions. Neither gun is really "Civil War"; the S&W wasn't made until 1871 and the Dragoon was long obsolete by the CW period, though of course it could have been used.


December 10, 2010, 06:23 PM
I wouldn't say the Dragoon was obsolete so much as it was long out of production and much rarer than the 1851 Navy and 1860 Army. Both sides used anything that would shoot.

James K
December 11, 2010, 10:57 PM
I don't recall, off hand, of any reports of Dragoon use in combat in the CW, but I can't say there were none.

But I doubt many CW cavalrymen on either side used a Dragoon by choice; it would have been like replacing a modern soldier's M4 with a 1917 Enfield. Besides, there were nowhere near enough. I don't recall the exact figures, but I think total Dragoon production was only some 20,000 and there had been a high attrition rate.


December 18, 2010, 02:24 PM
We need pics of these fine guns!