Original U.S. Civil War Era Remington New Model 1863 Army Revolver - Matching Serial Numbers 77296
Original Item: Only One Available. New Model Army Revolver in .44 caliber percussion, 6 shot single action revolver, with an 8-inch octagon barrel marked:
E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A.
Overall condition is good with original finish and some minor pitting. Still bears original walnut grips that show government military cartouches, tight cylinder lock, strong smooth action, good bore and overall nice condition.
Multiple M inspection marks can be found on brass trigger frame, barrel, and frame, the cylinder is marked with an H. Nipples are all in good functional condition.
Serial number on underside of the barrel reads 77296 (somewhat blurred) as well as a very clear matching number 77296 on the grip frame, the serial number range places the date of manufacture in or about 1864 making this a true Civil War gun and perfect for any collection.
History of Remington New Model Army Revolver:
Remington, like Colt, was in business of arms making long prior to the Civil War. They had been producing handguns since 1857 when they introduced the Remington Beals Pocket Revolver. With the outbreak of the Civil War all of the company's energy became devoted to the military production of longarms and hand guns. The martial hand guns produced during the Civil War period included the Remington-Beals Army and Navy Model revolvers, the Remington Models 1861 Army and Navy Revolvers, (a.k.a. as the "Old Model Army" and "Old Model Navy") and the Remington New Model 1863 Army and Navy revolvers.
The Remington New Model 1863 Army Revolver represents Remington's highest production martial pistol. Approximately 126,000 were manufactured from 1863 to 1875. After Colt, it was the Northern government's most purchased and issued pistol. Serial numbers of the New Model Army continued from the Model 1861 Army. Reference sources estimate this change from between serial number 15000 (Flayderman) to 22000 (Reilly). This is probably due to a long transitional period in which there was a gradual change over of the design features between the two models. The earliest production models utilized the 1861 frames and had a somewhat longer grip. The stamping "New Model" on the barrel of the early models can also be noted to have been stamped with a separate die. Nearly 110, 000 New Models were purchased by the government during the Civil War, at prices between $10.82 and $15.50 each. These prices were lower than Colt's and by mid-1863, Colt was eliminated from the government contract business. The State of New Jersey also purchased several thousand for Civil War issue.
The New Model 1863 Army was the last of Remington's .44 caliber percussion revolvers. Remington Armies were used from the beginning to the end of the Civil War in all fields. They were considered to be among the finest martial handguns of the day. The Remington New Model 1863 Navy and it's forbearer, the Remington-Beals Navy, also saw action during the war. Those models will be further pictured and discussed in Parts Two and Three of this series of postings.
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