This is a Smith & Wesson New Model Number 3 with rack and gear extractor variation, low serial number 1431 and in about 99% nickel being possibly unfired. In .44 S&W Russian caliber, 6 1/2" barrel with near new bore and very tight in all aspects. I have done a little extra cleaning of old oil residue since i took my photos and the piece looks even better. Naturally, the thoughts go to refinish when something like this comes along, I think not. There are no S&W markings to indicate that and the even exterior wear suggests simple storage and handling marks. The case colored hammer does show fading but that is probably due to age. The hard rubber grips are near perfect. This certainly would be a showpiece to any collection and most certainly a fine investment firearm. The factory letter is in process but we are sure that this will letter as seen here.