Original U.S. Civil Era Remington .31cal New Model 1863 Pocket Percussion Revolver - Serial 2170
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a .31cal Remington New Model Pocket Percussion Revolver, with a lovely patina from age and use. This model was introduced by Remington in 1863 to take advantage of the lucrative "pocket revolver" market. Many Union officers liked to keep smaller caliber pocket revolvers as backup for when their larger revolvers ran dry. The model was quite successful, with the Ilion factory producing 25,000 revolvers between 1863 and 1873.
The design is typical compared to other makers, it is a .31 caliber percussion, 5 shot single action with a 3 inch octagonal barrel. It has "spur trigger", and a cylinder arbor pin that pulls forward, allowing the cylinder to be removed easily. It was not uncommon to keep a spare loaded cylinder, as they were easily swapped in. Looking at the barrel it is possible that it was shortened slightly due muzzle damage.
This revolver has matching serial number 2170 appearing on the underside of the barrel and on the frame under the grip. It is also written in pencil on the inside both grip scales. The cylinder and axis pin are unmarked, but they definitely appear to be original to the revolver. Unlike Colt, Remington did not always number every component of their guns, and the cylinder serial number was on the back, where it would be worn off quickly by powder burn. We have no reason to believe that any parts have been swapped out on this revolver.
The top of the octagonal barrel still shows the original markings, with the top line partially worn away:
PAT[ENTED SEPT. ]14. 1858
E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION. NEW YORK. U.S.A.
Overall condition is very good, with the original blued finish worn to a lovely gray aged patina. There are some areas of light rust specking, but overall this has the look of a well cared for revolver. It has a very nice set of walnut grips, which show wear from service, and look to have been refinished. Wear has reduced them in size somewhat.
The revolver functions well, with good indexing and a solid cylinder lockup. It does not exhibit any of the finicky behavior we often see with revolvers of this age, though it is a bit stiff and hard to work. The bore is in very good condition, with clear lands and grooves and a mostly bright finish. It does not look to have seen much use, as some parts are still very smooth and crisp, though there definitely is some past oxidation from moisture exposure.
In very good display condition, this revolver will make a fine addition to any U.S. Civil War collection. Ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: circa 1863
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 7 1/4 inches
Feed System: 5 Shot Revolver
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