Original Spanish Oviedo M1871 Remington Rolling Block Pioneer Short Rifle - Dated 1877

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Spanish Oviedo arms factory produced rolling block rifles under a patent agreement with Remington. There are a number of key indicators when identifying these rifles. The receivers are typically stamped on the right side with the Crown over ARO over the date of manufacture. The fore-end is also attached with a cross bolt just forward of the receiver. The rifles were chambered .43 Spanish Reformado, the proprietary national cartridge for the kingdom of Spain. The breech block, hammer, and trigger guard are about .040 inch wider than the Remington counterparts and do not interchange. Also note the addition of a firing pin retractor in the top of the breech block. This is similar to the concept used in the Danish Rifles. The straight bar extractor usually has two down legs and the breech blocks show a double notch cut in the left side. The receivers will make a nice custom rifle keeping in mind the original cartridge chamber pressures. The Oviedo receivers & barrels are threaded with a V thread as opposed to the square thread of the Remington. Spain adopted the single shot Rifle in .43 caliber Spanish, known in Europe as 11.15 mm X 58 mm R9.

The two band Pioneer Short rifle we offer here is a classic Spanish Oviedo Arsenal produced example, clearly stamped with CROWN / AR. O. / 1877 on right side of action. It has the characteristic fore-stock bolt, as well as the firing pin retractor, not seen in the Remington-produced guns. It also has serial number No. 2213 stamped into the wood butt, as well as a stamped cartouche reading Crown / OVIEDO / 1877, for the Oviedo armory near Madrid where it was produced. Overall length is 41.5 inches, with a 26 inch barrel.

The Remington patent licensing markings on the top action strap have long since worn away but the rifle has been nicely restored to an excellent condition, ideal for display. The rifled bore shows clear lands and grooves in nice condition, with some wear and a bit of oxidation. Scarce to encounter today, an original Spanish U.S. made Infantry Rifle that saw front line service for 25 years.

Ready to display.

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