Historic Smith & Wesson Model 2, .32 cal revolver
The Smith & Wesson Model No. 2 Army also called the Model No. 2 Old Model was Smith & Wesson’s first .32 caliber revolver and about 77,000 were manufactured between 1861 and 1874. S&W intended to combine the small size and convenience of the Smith & Wesson Model 1 .22 rimfire with a larger caliber. Consequently. this ,32 calibre pistol found great favour among Union troops during the American civil war as a back-up piece.
According to Wikipedia:
“For a Civil War soldier, owning a revolver as a Backup-Gun was important, so Smith & Wesson’s cartridge revolvers, the Army Model 2 and the Smith & Wesson Model 1 in caliber .22 rimfire came into popular demand with the outbreak of the American Civil War. Soldiers and officers on both sides of the conflict made private purchases of the revolvers for self-defense. Specimens of the model 2 under serial number 35,731 (produced by May 1. 1865) have a high probability of being used in the Civil War. The model 1.5 came into production after the war ended, in 1865.
George Armstrong Custer is known to have owned a pair of cased and engraved S & W Army Model 2 revolvers.”
Ours features a six inch barrel and unfluted cylinder, retaining a smooth grey patina with traces of nickel plating on the frame. Mechanically it is tight and crisp.
This is an historic and important US pistol, worthy of any revolver collector’s array of notable pieces.
Smith & Wesson Model 2, 32 cal revolver