The original revolver and history
The Smith & Wesson Schofield is a version of the Smith & Wesson Model 3 revolver adopted for use by the United States Army and incorporating improvements made by Army Major George W. Schofield. One of the said improvements was a redesigned locking system that made the gun easier to load while on horseback. The original Model 3 revolver had been adopted as the standard sidearm of the U.S. Army in 1870 and was the first cartridge-firing revolver adopted by U.S. forces.
The S&W Model 3 was produced in several variations and sub-variations, including both the “Russian” model, so named because it was supplied to the military of the Russian Empire (41,000 No. 3s were ordered in .44 caliber by the Imperial Russian Army in 1871), and the “Schofield” model featured here, named after Major George W. Schofield, who made his own modifications to the Model 3 to meet his perceptions of the cavalry’s needs. S&W incorporated these modifications into an 1875 design they named after the major, planning to obtain significant military contracts for the new revolver.
While the standard barrel length was 7 inches, many Schofields were purchased as surplus by distributors, and had the barrels shortened to 5 in, and were refinished in nickel. After the Spanish–American War of 1898, the US Army sold off all their surplus Schofield revolvers, which were reconditioned by wholesalers and gunsmiths to a high standard. Of the most notable purchasers of these reconditioned Model 3 Schofield revolvers was Wells Fargo and Company, which purchased the revolvers for use by Wells Fargo road agents, and had the barrels shortened to a more concealable 5-in length.
TV and film
The most notable film entries for me are The Magnificent Seven and The Getaway, although it does appear in many others as well as TV series Flashpoint
- Calibre: .44 S&W American
- Capacity: 6 rounds
- Weight: 1300g
- Length: 305mm
The CO2 replica
The ASG Schofield is a stunning CO2 replica, I had seen the Schofield used in the film The Magnificent Seven but never realised just how massive this revolver is!
The replica features faux wooden grip sides but as you can see, the effect is amazing, they have even put the date stamp on them. The blued steel finish looks its age, and the attention to detail is very high. ASG did add the company logo to the grips but its hardly visible so does not detract from the finish.
The trigger is single action only meaning you have to cock the hammer every shot. The trigger action is light and responsive.
The 12g CO2 is held inside the grip, pull off the left grip and slot in the cartridge, securing it is done with a hex key which is very common on replicas.
The pellets are loaded into life-size cartridges, this gives the feeling of total realism when reloading the Schofield. The break action is smooth and firm, the ejector is fully working as well.
This is the latest replica in my collection – I was not too interested in revolvers at the start but it didn’t take long to discover the fun in loading faux cartridges and also the strong historic and film connection.
The Schofield is an accurate and powerful CO2 replica, it also gives good CO2 usage. It is a very heavy revolver and shooting single-handed takes its toll 🙂
- Calibre: .177 pellet
- Capacity: 6 rounds
- Weight: 1100g
- Length: 310mm
- CO2 usage: at least 60 shots