Original U.S. Civil War Remington New Model 1863 Army Percussion Revolver in Excellent Condition - Serial 48080
Original Item: Only One Available. This is undoubtedly the best Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver we have seen in some time! It's a real peach! 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:
PATENTED SEPT. 14. 1858
REMINGTON & SONS. ILION. NEW YORK. U.S.A.
The markings look slightly strange, as apparently the first strike of the stamp did not hit correctly, so they double struck it, which gives some parts of it a strange "out of focus" look.
Overall condition is good with an excellent original blued finish, with no real oxidation or pitting that we can see. Still bears original walnut grips, which are also in very good shape, with a visible cartouche on the left group. The action functions perfectly, with none of the usual finicky behavior we see from revolvers of this age. The bore is in great shape, with clear rifling, and just a few spots of oxidation.
This revolver has fully matching serial numbers, with 48080 appearing on the underside of the barrel, on the frame under the grip, and on the rear of the cylinder. The cylinder axis pin has shortened number 4808. Research shows that this revolver was manufactured in early 1864, making this a true Civil War gun and perfect for any collection. Springfield Research Service information shows that revolvers in this serial range were being delivered to the Company D, 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry. However, given the condition of this example, we doubt that it was ever issued at all.
In great shape, one of the best we've seen! This will make a fine addition to any civil war 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 forbear, the Remington-Beals Navy, also saw action during the war.
Year of Manufacture: late 1864
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 8 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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