This rare Smith & Wesson 320 revolving rifle is quite the forgotten weapon.
This long-barreled revolver actually became a rifle with the detachable stock attached.
The rarest of Smith & Wesson’s revolving rifles had many problems.
Ian from Forgotten Weapons shows us how the Smith & Wesson Model 320 revolving rifle operates while elaborating on its history. It was manufactured for eight years from 1879-1887 but only 977 of the Smith & Wesson model 320 were actually ever produced.
Low production was due to this rare revolving rifle’s really bad design. While it looks sharp, firearms revolvers spit gas and lead particles out of the cylinder gap. If your fore end is supported by your non-shooting hand, you could get some nasty burns.
This is a very vintage revolving rifle but also very dangerous.