Marshal Wyatt Earp at the OK Corral; outlaw John Wesley Hardin shooting it out in Comanche, Texas; hard-riding troopers of the U.S. cavalry on the Great Plains and embattled Cossack’s on the steppes of Central Asia – all depended on powerful Smith & Wesson top break .44 caliber revolvers. The craftsmen at Uberti have meticulously re-created the American S&W Model 3 and New Model Russian Revolvers putting these legends into the hands of 21st century shooters.
NO. 3 1 ST MODEL TOP BREAK
Civil War veteran Major George W. Schofield worked closely with Smith & Wesson to modify their 1870 Model 3 Revolver for military
use. Schofield’s design fitted a simple thumb operated top latch to the frame to break open the revolver and eject the empty shells for ease in reloading on horseback. In 1875 the U. S. Army purchased 3,000 of the big single action revolvers, chambered for the .44 Smith & Wesson cartridge, for issue to the cavalry. Uberti’s “army model,” chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge, has been carefully detailed — curved handle, blued finish, government markings and walnut grips complete with the ordnance inspector’s cartouche – to match the original.
NO. 3 2ND MODEL TOP BREAK
The self-ejecting 2nd Schofield Army model, delivered to the U.S. Army between 1876 and 1877, featured an improved rounded and knurled latch for a more effective grip when opening the frame. Uberti’s No. 3 2ND Model is chambered for .45 Colt.
NEW MODEL RUSSIAN REVOLVER
Contracted for the Russian government in 1871, the New Model Russian was chambered for the robust and accurate .44 S&W Russian cartridge — the ancestor of the .44 Special, and .44 Magnum loads. The Czar’s government purchased more than 41,000 of the big revolvers. Uberti’s New Model Russian Revolver fires the .44 Russian cartridge and is marked with authentic Cyrillic barrel stampings. The frame features trigger-guard spur and walnut grip.