Original U.S. Civil War Remington .31cal New Model 1863 Pocket Percussion Revolver - Serial 5760
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 4 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.
The top of the octagonal barrel still shows the original markings clearly:
PATENTED 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 dark gray aged patina. There are some areas of light rust specking, but overall this has the look of a well cared for revolver. There is even some of the original nickel plating present on the trigger. It has a very nice set of walnut grips, which look to be original, with no sign of having been replaced. They still have much of the original "piano varnish" finish present, the usual finish used on pocket revolvers.
The revolver functions well, with good indexing and a solid cylinder lockup. It does sometimes overshoot if the hammer is pulled back very quickly sometimes. The bore is in very good condition, showing clear lands and grooves with a mostly bright finish. There is some fouling on the edges of the grooves, as is typical for a percussion revolver.
This revolver has matching serial number 5760 appearing on the underside of the barrel (faint) and on the frame under the grip. It is also written in pencil on the inside of the left grip scale 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.
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 1864
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 8 1/4 inches
Feed System: 5 Shot Revolver
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