Smith & Wesson .22 Caliber Model 1 First Issue Revolver, ca. 1857 – 1860, Smith & Wesson Co., Springfield, MA

Wood Museum of Springfield History

In 1858, Smith & Wesson revolutionized the firearms and ammunition industry with their Model 1 Revolver. It had a seven-shot cylinder for .22 caliber short rimfire cartridges. This small revolver was the first in a long line of Smith & Wesson revolvers. Since then the line has grown to include calibers from .22 to .500, capacities of one to ten shots, and exotic materials such as scandium and titanium.

Object Creation Date
1857-1860
Object Type
Revolver
Credit
Gift of Smith & Wesson Company
Accession Number
98.01018
On View?
Yes
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