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 the first battle of Bull Run, this revolver was given to a Union Cavalry commander near the front lines of the conflict. Many Union officers chose the small Smith & Wesson .22 revolvers as pocket pistols. While offering seven shots, the lightly-powered .22 cartridges were not well suited for personal defense. The Smith & Wesson revolver can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

Many Union officers chose the small Smith & Wesson .22 revolvers as pocket pistols.

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