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Original Antique U.S. Remington M-1875 Single Action Army 44 Cal. Revolver with Period Holster - Serial No 77

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example of the Remington M-1875 Single Action Army Revolver. It has had its 7 1/2" Barrel reduced to "GUN FIGHTER" length of 5" and comes in it's custom fitted belt holster of the period. 

This model was the first military sized, cartridge revolver to be produced by Remington that was not a conversion of one of their earlier percussion models. The gun is a six shot, single action revolver that competed directly with the Colt Single Action Army. The gun had a fluted cylinder and was produced in three center fire calibers, .44 Remington, .44 WCF (44-40) and eventually .45 Colt.

The majority of the revolvers produced had 7 ½" barrels, although a few were produced with 5 ¾" barrels and are considered very scarce today. The revolvers were produced with both blued and nickel finishes. Oil finished, two-piece walnut grips were standard, but other options were available on special order. Remington produced the M-1875 revolver from 1875 until 1889, with a total production of only between 25,000 and 30,000; a very small production run when compared with Colt's M-1873 Single Action Army.

The markings on the top of the barrel are clear:

E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION. N.Y. U.S.A.

The serial number 77 is present on the edge of the left grip frame, underneath the grip. Unfortunately this does not really give much information about when the pistol was made, as at about serial number 12,000, Remington started the serial numbering for the Model 1875 back at 1. This was also around the time they moved from a rectangular firing pin, to a cone-shaped one, so most likely, this is the second model 1875 to have the serial number 77. It also has the quarter-cocked safety position on the hammer, which did not exist on the early models.

The metalwork is smooth with peppering and minor pinpricking throughout. This is more present around the cylinder and frame area where the corrosive primers of the time would cause wear to the metal. Finish overall is a nice aged gray patina. The action of the revolver is excellent and quite crisp. The gun functions perfectly and time and locks up exactly as it should. The bore of the revolver rates about 7-8, with clear lands and grooves and a gray finish.

The gun is chambered in the original .44 Remington center fire caliber. The original grip scales are in excellent condition. They show some expected minor bump and dings. The original holster is in very nice shape, and is a typical simple pouch that goes over the belt. It does have some seam splitting, but is totally honest and looks the part.

Overall this is a great example of the famous Remington M-1875 Army revolver. It is a crisp and completely honest gun that is mechanically excellent and while used was never abused. This is simply a lovely example of an uncommon Remington Army variant that has a wonderful "old west" look to it and would be a very nice addition to any collection of American frontier era revolvers.

Specifications: 

Years of Manufacture: 1875–1889
Caliber: .44 Remington
Ammunition Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 5 1/2  inches

Overall Length: 11 1/4 inches
Action: Single Action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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