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Old November 16, 2012, 02:32 PM   #3
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Does the gun display the actual intertwined "S&W" trademark on the sideplate or the grips? Many 19th-century top-break revolvers from a variety of other gunmakers were built to use S&W cartridges, but the caliber marking on the barrel often misleads modern-day owners who know little about older revolvers. In fact, some makers would deliberately exaggerate the size of the caliber marking to trick buyers into believing they were purchasing a genuine S&W.

If it is a genuine S&W... does it have a visible hammer? If so, is it single-action, i.e. must be hand-cocked, or double-action, i.e. the trigger both lifts and drops the hammer?


Make sure you verify that the gun is unloaded and pointed in a safe direction before attempting to cock the hammer or pull the trigger!

If you intend to shoot it, read my warning statement in the following link:
"Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules... MARK IT ZERO!!" - Walter Sobchak

Last edited by carguychris; November 16, 2012 at 02:35 PM. Reason: minor reword...
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