The Early S&W Beginnings
There is a tremendous amount of history behind S&W, which began well over 150 years ago. Unaware of what the future held, Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson formed their first partnership in 1852 in order to produce a lever-action, magazine-fed repeating pistol, which fired a self-contained cartridge.
But, after only two years, that operation was sold to Oliver Winchester. That sale didn’t detour Mr. Smith’s and Mr. Wesson’s desires to manufacture firearms, however, and in 1856, they joined together once again, this time to build the firstever revolver that fired a self-contained, rimfire cartridge. That project eventually blossomed into the company we now know and appreciate as S&W.