Original U.S. Civil War Remington New Model 1863 Army .44cal Percussion Revolver - Matching Serial 28258
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good example of a Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver, with a lovely patina from age and use. It looks to have at some point had the blued finish redone, but it was tastefully done, as the markings are still clear. Like all New Models, it is a .44 caliber percussion, 6 shot single action revolver, with an 8-inch octagon barrel. These were often called the Model 1858 due to the patent dates, but production of this revision started in 1863, and the "New Model Army" is the correct designation from Remington. The top of the octagonal barrel still shows the original markings clearly:
PATENTED SEPT. 14. 1858
REMINGTON & SONS. ILION. NEW YORK. U.S.A.
Overall condition is very good, with the blued finish still well retained and wear on the usual edge points. The revolver has a very nice set of walnut grips, which look to be original, with no sign of having been replaced, showing some great wear from service. Both have a lovely aged walnut color, with the right grip having some great figuring in the grain. The left grip is personalized with the initials E T, and even still has a visible U.S. inspection cartouche at the bottom!
As with many we see, the front sight on this example was replaced with an aftermarket nickel silver sight, which could possibly also be a modified original sight. The bore of the barrel is in very good condition, showing strong lands and grooves with a partly bright finish. There are areas of fouling and oxidation, especially in the grooves, but overall this is a great bore for a percussion revolver used in service. The action also functions great, cycling crisply with great indexing and a solid cylinder lockup. The cap nipples are all in good shape, showing the expected oxidation from use and age. All six are still clear, a real rarity as the aperture is quite small on the Remington style.
This revolver has matching serial number 28258 appearing on the underside of the barrel and on the frame under the grip, with 8258 on the back of the cylinder. That makes this a very nice "ALL MATCHING" example with no major parts swapped out! 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 only ever had a few confirmed matching examples of the Remington New Model.
Research shows that this revolver was manufactured in mid-late 1863, making this a true Civil War gun and perfect for any collection. Production had begun around serial number 15,000 in 1863. According to the research published in Remington Army & Navy Revolvers 1861-1868 by Donald L. Ware, Remington revolvers through serial #149,000 were accepted prior to the end of the Civil War. Guns below serial #123,000 were accepted prior to the end of 1864.
In very good condition with a great reblued look, this revolver will make a fine addition to any U.S. Civil War collection.
Year of Manufacture: mid-late 1863
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 8 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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 forbear, the Remington-Beals Navy, also saw action during the war.
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