The Smith & Wesson Model 1 was the first American cartridge load revolver. Revolvers prior to this were typically percussion revolvers, which were loaded using separate powder, primers and bullets. The development and commercialization of the cartridge load revolver was a seminally important moment in American firearms history, and it put Smith & Wesson on the map as one of America’s preeminent gun makers.
My research has focused heavily on the development and production of the Model 1, and many of the questions I get emailed to me deal with this gun. Please use the links below to explore the Model 1 in greater detail.