Smith and Wesson

.38 Double Action

Third Model

Smith and Wesson produced the .38 Double Action Third Model from 1884 to 1895 in blue and nickel finish.

In 1885 the Boston Police Dept ordered 800 Smith and Wesson “.38 Double Action 3rd Model” top break revolvers. They were chambered in .38 S&W black powder.  The .38 S&W BP was replaced by the .38 S&W and .38 Special, both with smokeless powder.  These revolvers were delivered in a two week period Jan-Feb 1885.  The revolver is slightly smaller than the current S&W Model 36 and had Bakelite grips.  The grips on this gun are worn smooth