The Early S&W Be­gin­nings

Modern Pioneer - - Smith & Wesson -

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.

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