Original Argentine Remington Rolling Block Model 1879 E.N. Infantry Rifle in .43 Spanish Caliber
Original Item. Only One Available. In really good condition, this Contract Remington Rolling Block Rifle was made for the South American State of ARGENTINA of 1879. This is quite a scarce rifle to find in today's market. The receiver tang is marked E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y., U.S.A, along with the patent information. The model and date information is listed on the barrel knoxform, and is clear:
MODELO ARGENTINO. 1879 E.N.
The E.N. abbreviation is for the Ejercito Nacional, or National Army in Argentina. There is also RA in a circle, for República Argentina, the country's name in Spanish. Around the late 1800s Argentina was a developing world power, and had one of the largest economies in the world. Like any growing power, it needed arms, and as there were not yet local producers up to the task, they contracted out for their weaponry. They would later replace the rolling blocks with the more modern Argentine Contract Mauser rifles towards the end of the 1800s.
The rifle is complete with its ramrod and ladder back sight (very similar to a Werndl back sight), and really is in good shape, with a nice finish, showing just a bit of wear and oxidation. The patent markings on the barrel tang are quite clear, so if this rifle was reblued, it was done very conservatively. The action cycles correctly, with a crisp dry fire. The bore is very good, with a mostly bright finish and clear lands and grooves, though there definitely is wear, and the breech block shows primer burn. This is a rifle that definitely saw some level of active use. The stock is very good, with very little wear at all, and no cracks or repairs that we can see.
A very good example of the Argentine Model 1879 Rolling Block Rifle.
Year of Manufacture: c.1879
Caliber: .43 Spanish
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 35.5 Inches
Overall Length: 52 Inches
Action type: Rolling Breechblock External Hammer
Feed System: Single Shot
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