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Auctioneer McCurdy Auction, LLC 316-683-0612
Auction Date Dec 02 Auction
6147 E. 13TH ST. N.
Wichita, KS
Time 06:00PM
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Rare firearm collection with many well-cared for firearms. Collection includes 21 various pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles. Many well known gun manufacturers including Winchester, Smith & Wesson, Browning, Colt and more.

EXTREMELY RARE Smith & Wesson Volcanic .31 Caliber lever-action pistol. Serial number 93. "CAST-STEEL", "PATENT FEB 14 1854" and "SMITH & WESSON NORWICH, CT" stamped into barrel. Barrel engraved with floral type scroll pattern (grapevine pattern). Mfg 1854-1855. ***See Smith & Wesson Footnote for background.

Winchester collection includes highly sought-after 1873's, 1873's Kings Improvement, 1892 and NIB, never-been-fired Winchester 1894 NRA Centennial Commemorative Musket.

Also offering firearm accessories including cases and holsters. For complete list of firearms, serial numbers and auction notes visit the "Downloads" section in the right column and click "COMPLETE GUN LIST." (For mobile views please scroll down.)


Smith & Wesson Magazine Pistol “Volcanic” Footnote: 

Founded in 1952, Horace Smith and Daniel Baird Wesson formed a partnership in Norwich, Connecticut "with the aim of marketing a lever action repeating pistol that could use a fully self-contained cartridge" (1).

With previous experience with the Smith-Jennings Rifle project and the Leonard Patent, Robbins & Lawrence Pepperbox production, Smith and Wesson filed a patent application in mid-1853 for their newly designed gun (including multiple models) and a new self-contained cartridge. On February 14, 1854 this patent was granted. “By the middle of 1854 they [Smith and Wesson] were in full commercial production, building about 400 large frame .41 caliber pistols and about twice that many small frame .31 caliber pistols.(4)”

Designed as “a lever-action pistol that featured a front-loading tubular magazine located under the barrel. This gun used a unique type of ammunition that consisted of a hollow-base conical bullet containing propellant and backed by a primer disc (2)." With a combination of ammunition problems such as “misfires, premature ignitions, poor extraction, major corrosion and severe fouling,(4)” along with financial difficulties, the Smith & Wesson Magazine Pistol venture ended less than a year from patent approval.

In July of 1855 the Smith & Wesson Repeating Firearms Company was reorganized as the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company under Oliver Winchester and moved production to New Haven, Connecticut.(Later reorganized to New Haven Arms Company in 1857.) This original Smith & Wesson Magazine Pistol design became the predecessor and influence to the Henry and Winchester lever action rifles.(3)  "In 1866, using the original lever action design created by Smith & Wesson, Winchester’s company emerged as the famous Winchester Repeating Arms Co.(1)"

“Smith & Wesson never officially called their pistol a “Volcanic.” It was referred to either as a Magazine Pistol or as a Lever-Action Magazine Pistol. The Volcanic name appears to be a merchandising tool extracted from a contemporary Scientific American article that appeared about 1854. However, the Volcanic name was used for the brass-framed successors to the Smith & Wesson Magazine Pistol.” (4)

(1) History of Smith & Wesson. (n.d.). Retrieved October 18, 2016, from

(2) Smith & Wesson Model 24 Revolver. (n.d.). Retrieved October 18, 2016, from,-oddities-and-competition/case-25-camp-perry/smith-wesson-model-24-revolver.aspx

(3) Smith & Wesson Volcanic Lever Action Pistol (1). (n.d.). Retrieved October 18, 2016, from

(4) Watts, J., & Nahas, R. (2006). Chapter II: Tip-Up Revolvers. In Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (3rd ed., pp. 62-63). Iola, WI: Gun Digest Books.

(5) Lucie, Dr. James R., Typescript submitted for publication, American Society of Arms Collectors Bulletin, “Volcanic and Henry Firearms,” Fall 1964, Number 10,


A 10% Buyers premium will be added to the final bid of each item.

NO FIREARMS KEPT AT AUCTION LOCATION UNTIL AUCTION DAY. (Please see the "Gun List" in the downloads section for more details.)

TO PURCHASE A FIREARM: Kansas residents purchasing firearms in person must present two forms of ID. All applicable gun laws or regulations will be observed. All out of state or internet purchasers must fill out necessary transfer paperwork, pass mandatory FBI background check, and comply with any other requirements as determined by the FFL facilitating transfer of the firearm. Buyer’s will be responsible for all FFL transfer fees and shipping and handling charges.

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