Original U.S. Civil War Remington New Model 1863 Army Percussion Revolver - Serial 85873
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice Remington New Model Army Revolver in .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 has traces of the original barrel markings, which would normally read:
PATENTED SEPT. 14, 1858
E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A.
Overall condition is good with original finish and light pitting around the frame area. The frame does show wear and some denting from age, indicating that this revolver was most likely in service after the war ended. Still bears original walnut grips, though unfortunately the original cartouches are worn, with just a ghost left on the left grip. Revolver has a tight cylinder lock, strong smooth action, and well-adjusted trigger pull, nearly a hair trigger. Revolver has a good bore with a mostly bright finish, with clear lands and grooves. There are some inspection and assembly marks on the revolver, though many are worn. The cap nipples appear solid and all are at least partly clear, but do show wear from use.
This revolver has all matching serial numbers, with 85873 appearing on the underside of the barrel, and on the frame under the grip. The rear of the cylinder is marked 4731, so it is a replacement. REMINGTON ARMY AND NAVY REVOLVERS 1861–1888 by Donald L. Ware shows an approximate manufacture date of July 1864 for serial numbers 83,211 - 89,260, making this a true Civil War gun and perfect for any collection.
Fully cleaned and ready to display, this is one of the best examples of this revolver that we have had.
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: circa 1863-64
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 8 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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