Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

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Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

Post by Hans1906 » 20 Jan 2022 16:46

What was the reason for Hermann Göring, to carry a "Smith & Wesson" revolver as a personal sidearm ?

Attached photo probably from the West Point (?) museum, the source I do not remember, sorry.

* The short film scene, Göring handed over his revolver to an american officer is known to me.

Thanks for better answers, in german internet forums, it was always mentioned, that passionate hunters like Göring always
relied on revolvers, never on a automatic pistol...

* File size of the photo reduced to the most possible smaller size.


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Re: Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

Post by CroGer » 21 Jan 2022 21:13

Goering had a lot of custom made and decorated guns

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He probably just liked guns
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Re: Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

Post by Poot » 22 Jan 2022 03:49

Is the pictured photo one of Goering's revolvers? If so it is a post Model 1910 S&W revolver. My maternal grandfather carried one as a Sergeant of Police with the San Francisco Police Department from the 1910s-1940s. It is chambered in .38 Special and he had it modified with a copper wire brazed horizontally to the front sight to act as a sort of proto low light sight.

My youngest son and I were firing it about three weeks ago ;)
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Re: Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

Post by von thoma » 22 Jan 2022 10:20

Is the pictured photo one of Goering's revolvers ?
Göring revolver displayed in museum has 4 inch barrel.
It is said that he acquired it in Hamburg during the 1930s.
What was the reason for Hermann Göring, to carry a "Smith & Wesson" revolver as a personal sidearm ?
In my opinion it was another of his eccentricities, and in this way feel different and exclusive, like when he wore spectacular
hunting clothes with a special dagger. A clinical case of megalomania.
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Re: Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

Post by CroGer » 25 Jan 2022 12:28

von thoma wrote:
22 Jan 2022 10:20
Is the pictured photo one of Goering's revolvers ?
Göring revolver displayed in museum has 4 inch barrel.
It is said that he acquired it in Hamburg during the 1930s.
What was the reason for Hermann Göring, to carry a "Smith & Wesson" revolver as a personal sidearm ?
In my opinion it was another of his eccentricities, and in this way feel different and exclusive, like when he wore spectacular
hunting clothes with a special dagger. A clinical case of megalomania.
What is megalomaniacal about it?
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Re: Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

Post by von thoma » 27 Jan 2022 01:18

What is megalomaniacal about it ?
Judge for yourself if you know something about all Hermann Göring personality.
Of course you can also say he prefers revolvers to automatic ones...because they are more reliable.
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Re: Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

Post by AnchorSteam » 28 Jan 2022 03:03

A tough, reliable weapon, and if he knew he was headed for the American lines it might help if he had a gun he could find ammo for. He went there because Hitler put out a kill order on him, after all.

The wear pattern is interesting; look at the end of the barrel. Long-term carry in a certain type of holster is what causes that.... but I can't remember which kind.
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Re: Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

Post by von thoma » 28 Jan 2022 23:43

The same wear with this kind of closed holster
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Re: Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

Post by Hans1906 » 29 Jan 2022 14:25

Thanks for all answers, another photo of Göring with the Revolver. (Smith & Wesson ?)
Göring Revolver.jpg
File size of the picture reduced, undated, Herr Porsche in the background.
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Re: Hermann Göring: Revolver Smith & Wesson ?

Post by JoeW » 07 Mar 2022 16:44

CroGer wrote:
21 Jan 2022 21:13
Goering had a lot of custom made and decorated guns

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He probably just liked guns
The Krieghoff Luger was a gift from the Krieghoff company, not ordered by him. The PPK you show is a modern fabrication withdrawn by the Rock Island Auction house because of that fact. Although there is evidence the S&W was shipped to and sold in Hamburg, how and when Goring acquired it cannot be shown. But he surrendered it. Yes it is in the West Point Museum collection.

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