Schofield No.3 Revolver Field Review
Over the past year I have had my eye on several replica pistols but none more than the Bear River Outdoors Schofield No.3 revolver. After watching several reviews of the gun on YouTube I decided to reach out to them and see if one was available for field use. After several emails they swiftly sent me out the beautiful replica via FedEx. Upon arrival it was very well packaged and they even included a small extra set of “pellet” shells as well as the standard BB shells. The goal of using this pistol was not only to add to the content here but to help them to promote such a wonderful piece of history.
The Schofield revolver may have been one of the best friends a 19th-century cavalryman ever had. George Schofield joined the 10th cavalry in December 1870 where soon after Smith & Wesson was contracted to provide over 1,000 .44 caliber No.3 that was later called the “American” revolver. The revolver was so popular with cavalrymen because it was able to be opened with one hand and was much easier to load and unload when navigating the battlefield on horseback.
The schofield No.3 is a single action, heavy robust revolver that was built to last through everything the soldiers could put it through. I was more than happy to enjoy a beautiful piece of history with the Schofield No.3 Vintage Revolver from Bear River. This is the most faithful replica of the classic Smith & Wesson No.3 Schofield revolver I have seen, the first thing I had to notice was the precision craftsmanship and attention to detail. The only parts of this gun that is not metal are the grips, these are made from faux, looked very much like wood as well as having close to the same feel.
- Full metal with polymer “faux” grip
- 7 Inch barrel
- 435 FPS
- 12g CO2 powered
- Real single action hammer
- 6 Round cylinder with ejector rod
- Includes 6 realistic cartridges
- (Pellet cartridges available)
The 7″ barrel has a smooth bore as well as traditional fixed sights that may be difficult to use in low light conditions. I would recommend a dab of white or red nail polish on the front blade to aid in sight alignment. The advertised velocity is around 435 fps with BBs although this may change depending on outside temperature. During my use with pellets it was shooting close to 400 fps at 76 degrees outside.
The safety is easily placed just below the cocking hammer making it very easy to flick on and off. The revolver cocked and cycled very smoothly as well as having a very nice trigger that made precision shots easier. To break open the pistol to gain access to the cartridges the rear sight is simply pulled back that will release and open the gun. The Co2 is cleverly hidden under the grip that simply can be unclipped from the frame, even has a built in allen key to tighten and loosen the Co2 cartridge. I was able to hit just about everything I aimed for with the pellets even though they were moving a bit slower than the BBs. I set up some cans, balloons as well as some pine cones that had fallen.
This gun is not just pretty but made to be used and enjoyed, I did just that. Being a sucker for pistols I will sometimes keep one in my hunting pack for when I’m back at camp and looking for a little fun.
I had a great time in the mountains and got much enjoyment out of this project review that I hope may encourage the use of this really fun replica. Enclosed is a short video review of this revolver as well as a short segment of its action.
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