In the past few years I have written several articles about the Smith and Wesson Schofield revolver here at Great American Outdoors. The reasons are many, but the one main two were, I really think they were ahead of their time and they were quick and easy to reload, plus, they’re really cool.
The Schofield revolver was carried by none other than historical western figures like Jessie James and also by the Texas Rangers, these men practically lived in the saddle, so they needed a pistol that was reliable and quick and easy to reload and the Schofield was a perfect fit for them. Now, I’m not saying the Peacemaker wasn’t a great gun, but they did take longer to reload and in a gunfight, time is of the essence.
Wikipedia has this to say about this iconic pistol:
The Smith & Wesson Model 3 is a single-action, cartridge-firing, top-break revolver produced by Smith & Wesson (S&W) from around 1870 to 1915, and was recently again offered as a reproduction by Smith & Wesson and Uberti.
It was produced in several variations and subvariations, including both the “Russian” model, so named because it was supplied to the military of the Russian Empire (41,000 No. 3s were ordered in .44 caliber by the Imperial Russian Army in 1871), and the “Schofield” model, named after Major George W. Schofield, who made his own modifications to the Model 3 to meet his perceptions of the cavalry’s needs. S&W incorporated these modifications into an 1875 design they named after the major, planning to obtain significant military contracts for the new revolver.
The Model 3 was originally chambered for the .44 S&W American and .44 Russian cartridges, and typically did not have the cartridge information stamped on the gun (as is standard practice for most commercial firearms). Model 3 revolvers were later produced in an assortment of calibers, including .44 Henry Rimfire, .44-40, .32-44, .38-44, and .45 Schofield. The design influenced the smaller S&W .38 Single Action that is retroactively referred to as the Model 2
If you wish to purchase one of these revolvers today you can do so by clicking HERE. While I think I’m going to get me one of these revolvers, I don’t think I’ll be using black powder ammunition.
H/T – Wikipedia