Denix Replica Smith & Wesson .45 Cal. Schofield 8” Revolver, USA 1869
The .45 Schofield was developed for use by the US Cavalry with the help of Major George W Schofield. It was based on the Smith and Wesson model No 3 which he originally purchased for his own use in the US 10th Cavalry as it was top break opening making loading quicker and easier than the Colt revolver. He made several changes making it better suited for Army cavalry life. Smith and Wesson made these changes with the hope of an Army contract which it won. Issued alongside the Colt, the Schofield used a shorter .45 shell than the Colt which led to problems in the field (the Colt used a .45 long and the Schofield required a shorter .45 shell). As the Colt could use both bullet sizes, the Schofield could only use Schofield's shorter bullet. The confusion caused by the bullets eventually led to the Schofield's termination as military issue, yet the gun remained a popular choice for civilians of both civil and uncivil disposition.
During the turbulent 1870s-80s, the cavalry relied on the Peacemaker. Smith & Wesson Schofields, improved version of the earlier-issued Americans, served as secondary-issue sidearms. Most cavalrymen preferred the Colt, even though the Smith & Wesson was a more finely engineered arm. The Schofield’s main advantage was the ease and speed by which a mounted trooper could extract spent cases and reload again. Its major drawbacks were the small grip size and short hammer spur, which did not lend itself to rapid cocking.
All too often in a mounted melee, troops needed to quickly reload their pistols, even if they had not spent the loads. The Colt’s single ejection and reloading system adapted perfectly to this task, whereas the Smith & Wesson might either eject its contents—fired and unfired—or, worse yet, hang up on a live round that had not cleared the cylinder ejector.
The .45 Schofield by Smith and Wesson was also popular with the U.S. Cavalry, as well as non-military people, and was used by Buffalo Bill Cody, Cole and Jim Younger, Pat Garret, Charlie Pitts, Frank James, John Wesley Hardin, Bob Ford, Texas Jack Omohundro, Virgil Earp, Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire, Bill Tilghman, and Ranald MacKinzie, among many others. Wyatt Earp is known to have carried a similar version of the historic replica.
Buffalo Bill owned a Smith & Wesson .44; so did Texas Jack Omohundro, associate of Bill's in the Wild West Show.
The Schofield has been used in various western films including; William Munny (Clint Eastwood) and The Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) in "Unforgiven", Charlie Prince (Ben Foster) in "3:10 to Yuma" Virgil Earp (Sam Elliot) in "Tombstone", and by Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) in the TV series "Deadwood". It has also found a prominent role in the Open World Western Video Game "Red Dead Redemption".
Enjoy these fine Wild West Replicas and everything they mean to you, created by Denix from Spain!
Also available in Dual Tone Black and Brass finish 1008/L
Features & Details
• Non-firing Replica based on the original
• Pull the hammer back to cock the pistol
• Pull the trigger to fire the hammer
• Catch release to break open & reload
• Barrel Length: 7.5”
• Overall Length: 36 cm
• Material: Nickel finish
• Handle Material: Wood Grip
• Weight: 1145g