Antique Otis A. Smith Model 1883 Shell Ejector Revolver, .32-100 Cal., Top Break, Nickel, Rare. Serial Number 5439. No FFL Required.
7-1/2" overall length and 3-1/4" round barrel, with very good bore (bore is clean and fairly bright with good rifling and a bit of light roughness). Blade front sight and small fixed open rear sight. Brass frame construction with only the cylinder being steel, and all nickel plated. The nickel plating would rate at about 96% intact, with a bit of loss of finish on the left side at the barrel hinge, a bit of loss on the right side of the frame above the grip, and a bit of loss on the right top edge of the barrel rib. There are some light scratches and light dings to the nickel finish. On the top of the barrel rib in 2 lines is: Smith's Patent Model 1883 Shell Ejector / Otis A. Smith Manufacturer Rockfall, Conn, USA. On the top strap along the front outer edge is: Patented Dec. 20, 1881 32-100 Caliber. Note that the .32-100 caliber is the same as .32 S&W. 5 shot fluted cylinder, and spur trigger. The action is tight and strong and the hammer functions as it should in half cock and full cock. The cylinder seems to be a bit out of time when it indexes while cocking the hammer. Checkered hard rubber grips with the Smith monogram initials at the top, with some very light scratches and the left grip has a bit of light wear on the checkering. The grips have no cracks or chips. The top break action is tight when in the closed position, and the ejector rod functions smoothly when operated.
This model of revolver was made during the 1880's and it is estimated that only a few thousand of them were made. Collectibility is based on its distinctive brass contruction and unique "T" shaped barrel latch containing a floating firing pin. Rare pistol.
Condition Very Good. No FFL Required.