SOLD FOR: $2,505
LSB#: 150211MW06 & 150211MW07
Make: E. Remington & Sons
Model: Remington-Smoot No. 3 Revolver
Serial Number: 3 and 4
Year of Manufacture: 1875 (1875 – 1888)
Caliber: .38 Center Fire
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side-Loading Cylinder (both)
Markings: The top rib of each barrel is marked “E. REMINGTON & SONS . ILION . N.Y. PAT. W. S. SMOOT . OCT . 21 . 1873.” 150211MW06: The rear face of the cylinder and the left side of the grip frame are marked with a “3”. 150211MW07: The rear face of the cylinder and the left side of the grip frame are marked with a “4”.
Barrel Length: 3 ¾” (both)
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a half round blade. The rear sight is an exceedingly tiny “U” notch. (both)
Stock Configuration & Condition: The black hard rubber square butt grips are checkered and the exterior has browned with age. They show light handling marks. The grip panels on serial #3 show slight marks on the left panel above the circled “R” at the top and to the right of the escutcheon. There is a very small mar in the checkering of the right panel at the top rear. The #3 grip panels have no chips, cracks or scratches. The grip panels on serial #4 show a mar or flattening of the checkering on the right panel just ahead of the escutcheon. The #4 grip panels have no chips, cracks or scratches. The grips for both serial #3 and #4 rate in about Excellent overall condition for antiques.
Type of Finish: Nickel Plated (both)
Finish Originality: All Original (both)
Bore Condition: #3: The bore of serial #3 is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore and only a few tiny nicks or imperfections that may actually be from the factory. #4: The bore of serial #4 is a slightly dull gray and the rifling is sharp. There is some scattered pinprick erosion in the bore, but none of the heavy pitting often seen in black powder arms.
Overall Condition: #3: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a light drag line that can be seen but not felt on the cylinder and there are scratches on the left side plate around the hammer pivot screw. There are handling marks and some small nicks on the sharp edges of the barrel and rib. The screw heads are sharp, although the rear sideplate screw is blue rather than nickel. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition for an antique.
#4: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is a light drag line that can be seen but not felt on the cylinder and some pinprick erosion can be seen in the flutes. There are some skip marks from screwdrivers around the sideplate screws. There is a loss of plating on the right sideplate around the hammer pivot screw and some marks in the plating just behind it. There are handling marks and some small nicks on the sharp edges of the barrel and rib, as well as one on the backstrap. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition for an antique.
Mechanics: The actions function correctly and the mainsprings are strong. We did not fire these handguns.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: It’s fairly unusual to see a Remington–Smoot No. 3 in Excellent condition. What we are offering in this auction is a chance to own a pair of consecutive serial numbered Remington-Smoot No. 3 revolvers, with single digit serial numbers! Please examine our photographs to assess the condition of this excellent pairing. Both show some handling marks and a cylinder dragline that does not penetrate the finish. Both have strong bores. Both are in excellent working order. This is likely a once in a lifetime opportunity, Good Luck!
SOLD FOR: $2,505