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Wesson were researching a prototype for a metallic cartridge revolver.
There were approximately 110,000 2nd Issues produced from 1860 through 1868, with serial numbers ranging from approximately 12,000 (following the 1st Issue) through to approximately 120,000.
The Model 1, 3rd Issue represented a substantial redesign for the Model 1, with a fluted cylinder, a round barrel and a rounded "bird's head" style grip.
Finishes included full nickel plating, full blued steel, and a "half plate" nickel/blue combo, and there were two barrel lengths offered by the factory.
Variants include the "square" and "triangular" top strap design that changed around serial number 9,500.
The 3rd Issue guns were produced from 1868 through 1882 with serial numbers from 1 through approximately 131,000.