CAW : Limited Edition
Rare limited edition CAW : Wells Fargo S&W SCHOFIELD
CAW make superb model guns, this Heavyweight SCHOFIELD is offical Smith & Wesson replica. This model gun has only S&W markings, there is no makers name (CAW) which adds to the authenticy of this great looking revolver.
Brief info on the S&W Schofield
Smith & Wesson Schofield (S&W No3)
The 45 caliber Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver was manufactured from 1875-1878 with just under 9,000 of these big six guns being manufactured.
The revolver took its name from Major George W. Schofield of the 10th Cavalry. About 1870 he wrote to Smith & Wesson requesting one of their then-new "Model No. 3" revolvers, hoping it would prove useful in combat. Schofield made his own modifications to the Model No. 3 to meet his perceptions of the Cavalry’s needs, and in 1875 Smith & Wesson incorporated these refinements into a design they named after the major, planning to obtain significant military contracts for the new revolver.
As a "top-break" revolver, the 1875 Schofield could be loaded much faster than other sidearms of the day. With the barrel latch released, the barrel could be pulled down and the spent cartridge would be ejected. Schofield’s design relocated the barrel latch from the barrel to the frame, and as a result, a shooter could operate the latch with his thumb and open the gun for loading and unloading with just one hand. With practice, a shooter could refill all the chambers at once without looking, and do it in about 26 seconds. This was a distinct plus for a mounted soldier, and provided the Schofield with a clear advantage over the 1873 Colt "Peacemaker
The vast majority of the Schofields sold went to the US Army, as replacements for the 1873 Colt, and many of these saw service in the Indian Wars, with reports of them in use as late as the Spanish American War and Phillipine Insurrection
The Top-break Smith and Wesson's were much more successful with the civilian population. The long list of notables on both side of the law that favoured the Smith & Wesson is amazing. Some of the outlaws are: Frank and Jesse James, Cole and Jim Younger, Charlie Pitts, John Wesley Hardin, and Bob Ford. Some of the lawmen and scouts that favoured the S&W are Texas Jack Omohundro, Pat Garret, Virgil Earp, Bill Tilghman, Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire, and the Indian fighter, Ranald MacKinzie of the 4th Cavalry. Even Buffalo Bill Cody, carried a pair of S&W No.3 American Models. They all liked the fast reloading firepower for which the Smith and Wesson No.3 was second to no