This Smith & Wesson safety hammerless revolver was officially titled the New Departure—but was universally dubbed the Lemon Squeezer, from the grip safety in the back strap. This little top-break revolver couldn’t be fired unless firmly gripped and the safety lever was depressed—an unusual feature for its era, hence the name New Departure. Smith & Wesson touted features, such as the gun’s concealability, its smooth lines that made the gun easy to draw from a pocket, and that it was “nearly impossible” for a child to fire because you had to depress the safety and pull the rather stiff trigger simultaneously. The New Departure went through several model changes in its long life: This one is a fourth model, made in 1903. It has been fitted with
custom grips of faux ivory, replacing the normal hard rubber grips that were prone to chipping.