Smith & Wesson No. 1 First Issue

Presented by the NRA National Firearms Museum

While Union General McClellan was moving his forces towards Manassas and the first battle of Bull Run, this revolver was given to a Union Cavalry commander near the front lines of the conflict. Just a couple of miles from the National Firearms Museum, Fairfax Courthouse was the primary town municipal building and is still standing today. Many Union officers chose the small S&W .22 revolvers as pocket pistols. While offering seven shots, the lightly-powered .22 cartridges were not well suited to personal defense. The Smith & Wesson Revolver can be found in Gallery 5, A Prospering New Republic, at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

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