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The Schofield By Smith & Wesson.

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by Wild Bill, May 20, 2018.

  1. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Wild West is my thing. (co2 enthusiast)

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    The Schofield No.3 Sidearm.

    As many of you know I like my Western Cowboy era firearms. I have already done a small piece on the Remington 1875 (aka the Crosman Cowboy). I am a Western nut I suppose. And these modern day replica's have opened up the secret outlaw in me. ;):)

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    In 1875, the US Ordnance Board granted Smith & Wesson a contract to outfit the military with Model 3 revolvers incorporating the design improvements of Major George W. Schofield (known as the "Schofield revolver"), providing that they could make the revolvers fire the .45 Colt (AKA ".45 Long Colt") ammunition already in use by the US military. Smith & Wesson instead developed their own, slightly shorter .45 caliber round, the .45 Schofield, otherwise known as the .45 S&W.[5]

    When it became obvious in the field that the two cartridges would not work interchangeably in the Schofield (although they both worked in the Colt), the U.S. Government adopted the shorter .45 Schofield cartridge as the standard cartridge. Despite the change, old stocks of the longer .45 Colt rounds in the supply line caused the Army to drop most of the Schofields and continue with the Colt. Major Schofield had patented his locking system and earned a payment on each gun that Smith & Wesson sold, and at the time his older brother, John M. Schofield, was the head of the Army Ordnance Board and the political situation may have been the main issue for the early end of army sales.[3]


    Many of the S&W Model 3 Schofield revolvers saw service in the Indian Wars, and there are reports of them in use as late as the Spanish–American War and Philippine–American War. Like the other Smith & Wesson Model 3s, they were also reportedly popular with lawmen and outlaws in the American West, and were reportedly used by Jesse James, Bob Ford (who used one to kill James),[6] John Wesley Hardin, Pat Garrett, Theodore Roosevelt, Virgil Earp, Billy the Kid, and many others.


    Any ways, that's the wiki history out of the way, onto my Schofield.

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    This pistol is a different kettle of fish compared to the Remington 1875 and the Umarex Colt SAA pistols. It is very different. Don't expect the 3 or 4 clicks of the Colt hammer for one, this pistol basically has one cocking click and that makes it feel very different to the other pistols.

    This is also different in the fact that is is a break barrel pistol. A quick press of the catch above the hammer and the front half of the pistol complete with the now open rotating cylinder opens up to allow the loading of the cartridge shells. This is very handy. You can load pellets directly into the shells as they sit in the cylinder if you fancy. Or take them out and load as normal.

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    On a side note, the shells (both BB and Pellet) from the Crosman Cowboy look the same and I though they would fit. They do but when you pull down the barrel to snap the rounds into the cylinder, the crosman ones stand proud just a little too much and prevent the catch from closing. Too bad. I also tried the Colt shells but they don't fit. I believe the Webley shells fit though.

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    Any way this Schofield shoots just as good as my other western pistols and is reasonably accurate. Today I chased a couple of the tin can gang around my back yard (safe backstop) with rounds from the Schofield hitting it every time from 10 to 15 yards away. If I could make the tin can gang dance I would have. We riddled the gang with rounds, they didn't stand a chance. Better than hanging I say.

    I love the feel of this pistol, it feels meaty and it feels solid. The CO2 lasts for about 36-40 odd shots at good power before trailing off. That's good enough for me in my line of duty here in Abilene.

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    And before any one gets all politically correct, I will tell you now........I shoot darn sight better after a couple beers. And here in Abilene, there ain't no god darned law against that.

    Guns and Rose(s).
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    That's me done for now. Hope you enjoyed this little review. Colt SAA NRA coming next time.

    That's all folks, and remember this: "never sit with your back to the saloon door".
     
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  2. IanCZ

    IanCZ Well-Known Member

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    Nice review, and the Merlyn stuff is lovely,
     
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  3. Rm29

    Rm29 Currently obsessed with silencers

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    Excellent stuff, i too am a bit of a western nut!

    "Are you gonna pull those pistols or just whistle dixie."
     
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    Very enjoyable review Marshal Hickok, it was mighty interesting.
     
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    A really good informative review as always Wild Bill,my schofield is still away with my mates brother hes making some wooden grips for it, I cant wait too get it back ,hopefully wont be much longer but will be worth the wait.he has some really nice walnut that hes using.im considering asking him too make some for the colt 45 saa I have just received ,although the grips are similar they have less room inside too gain wood thickness.
     
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    Great stuff, thanks for that...:thumb:
     
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  7. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Wild West is my thing. (co2 enthusiast)

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    Thank you kindly folks. :thumb:
     
  8. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Wild West is my thing. (co2 enthusiast)

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    I like it.

    Yeah, well, I always heard there were three kinds of suns in Kansas, sunshine, sunflowers, and sons-of-bitches.
     
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  9. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Wild West is my thing. (co2 enthusiast)

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    Looking forward to seeing these walnut grips Billy. :up:
     
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    you will be the first Wild Bill , as soon as I get them. i was sat out in the shade of the summer house this afternoon, blue sky, sunny, a little wind , a beer, and my new colt 45, polished it yet again , messed with it and shot it a little , lifes a dream at the moment.
     
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    Wild Bill Wild West is my thing. (co2 enthusiast)

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    A man after my own heart. Great doing that isn't it? That's just what I love to do. :up:
     
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    Imagine if West world was real, would you go?
     
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    im not sure, I think so would be kinda weird though and fun at the same time. nice idea though Douglas.
     
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    From what I've seen I wouldn't mind working in the repair department.
     
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  15. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Wild West is my thing. (co2 enthusiast)

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    My back yard is "Westworld".:)
    Seriously, yes I would visit. I really would. And I'd be a mean son of a bitch.
     
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    I'm getting saddle sore reading this thread...:D
     
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    Your to nice to be a mean son of a bitch Wild Bill, bet you would be a lawman.
     
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  18. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Wild West is my thing. (co2 enthusiast)

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    That's not from reading the thread though is it Dennyboy? :p:facepalm:
     
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    This looks beautiful, the grips look absolutely fantatstic. Thanks for the photos
     

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