New model frontier N3 - bbl.6-½
  • New model frontier N3 - bbl.6-½
  • New model frontier N3 - bbl.6-½

NEW MODEL N.3 FRONTIER

In 1885 Smith & Wesson expanded their programme with the New Model N°3, introducing a variation of this revolver with a long cylinder that was able to fire a .44 Winchester cartridge, generally identified with 44-40. Colt had been able to produce a revolver with this caliber, that could be used as a two-some with the Winchester Lever Action Rifle. Smith & Wesson rather liked this idea, so the factory produced 2072 pieces of this particular revolver. In respect to the previous New Model 3 produced, the main change was on lengthening the cylinder to be able to accept the longer cartridge. The cylinder length on the original New Model N°3 was 1.7/16” (36,5mm)- the .44-40 ammunition was too long, so for this reason, the cylinder was modified to 1.9/16” (39,85mm). The “Model Frontier” was blued or nickel plated with barrel lengths available in 4”, 5” and 6 1/2”. The sales of this revolver, however, did not come up to expectance and, in March 1895, when the factory still had over 50% of production on stock, they decided to transform this model from cal.44 Winchester to .44 S&W Russian and sold them to a Japanese customer. The re-tooling came about with a replacement cylinder and, up to 1896, the factory had re-tooled almost 40% of the total production of this model and they were sold to “Takata & Company” in Japan. In this way the total number of New Model N°3 Frontier was reduced to circa 1286 units. The reason is not very clear why this particular model was not accepted in .44.40. The Company offered this model up to 1908 when the revolver was substituted by the new Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector .44

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In 1885 Smith & Wesson expanded their programme with the New Model N°3, introducing a variation of this revolver with a long cylinder that was able to fire a .44 Winchester cartridge, generally identified with 44-40. Colt had been able to produce a revolver with this caliber, that could be used as a two-some with the Winchester Lever Action Rifle. Smith & Wesson rather liked this idea, so the factory produced 2072 pieces of this particular revolver. In respect to the previous New Model 3 produced, the main change was on lengthening the cylinder to be able to accept the longer cartridge. The cylinder length on the original New Model N°3 was 1.7/16” (36,5mm)- the .44-40 ammunition was too long, so for this reason, the cylinder was modified to 1.9/16” (39,85mm). The “Model Frontier” was blued or nickel plated with barrel lengths available in 4”, 5” and 6 1/2”. The sales of this revolver, however, did not come up to expectance and, in March 1895, when the factory still had over 50% of production on stock, they decided to transform this model from cal.44 Winchester to .44 S&W Russian and sold them to a Japanese customer. The re-tooling came about with a replacement cylinder and, up to 1896, the factory had re-tooled almost 40% of the total production of this model and they were sold to “Takata & Company” in Japan. In this way the total number of New Model N°3 Frontier was reduced to circa 1286 units. The reason is not very clear why this particular model was not accepted in .44.40. The Company offered this model up to 1908 when the revolver was substituted by the new Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector .44


FinishesTechnicalParts and Schematics
000: STANDARD
A00: OLD WEST ANTIQUE PATINA FINISH REV.
C09: CHARCOAL BLUE FINISH
W06: WHITE FINISH FOR REV.
N04: NICKEL PLATING FOR REV.
E13: BASIC ENGRAVING
E14: DELUX ENGRAVING
E15: GOLD ENGRAVING
Caliber:  .45LC
Length of Barrel: 5” –  6½”
Overall Length: 12.16″
Weight: 2.58 lbs
Barrel: Forged steel
Frame: Forged steel
Cylinder: Fluted
Grip: Two pieces walnut
Cylinder: 6
Sight: Fixed



Item Model Barrel Length cal.
8651
NEW MOD.FRONTIER 6.1/2″ 45LC 15096
6.1/2” 45LC.





8654 NEW MOD.FRONTIER 5″ 45LC CAT.14761 5″ 45LC



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