In 1852, Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson produced the lever-action
Volcanic pistol with funds from investor Oliver Winchester. In
1856, they manufactured a revolver-and-cartridge combination which would
be marketed as the Smith & Wesson Model 1.
The timing of their new company proved opportune
as the onset of the American Civil War would produce tremendous
demand for Smith & Wesson's innovative products. S&W has
driven arms and ammunition advances in three centuries .. 19th, 20th, 21st.