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Original U.S. Civil War Remington New Model 1863 Army Percussion Revolver with Holster - Serial 79870

Item Description

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 the original barrel markings, which are partly clear:


Overall condition is good with the original finish worn to a gray patina and light pitting around the frame and barrel 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 walnut grips, though unfortunately the original cartouches are worn, with just a ghost left on the left grip, though both grips are original. Revolver has a strong smooth action, with a strong mainspring, and good cylinder lockup. The action has all 4 clicks. As with any revolver this age, it can be finicky. Revolver has a good bore with strong lands and grooves, and a mostly bright finish. There are some inspection and assembly marks on the revolver, though many are worn. The cap nipples appear solid and are clear, though they look to be replacements. 

This revolver has partial matching serial numbers, with 79870 appearing on the underside of the barrel, and on the frame under the grip. The rear of the cylinder has no serial number marking, so it may be a replacement, or just worn. 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. Given the rate of production, we estimate this revolver was made in April or May of 1864, and it is definitely a true civil war gun.

The included holster is a typical Civil War Era style top flap holster, with a worn U.S. embossed stamp on the top flap, intended to be worn butt forward on the right hip. It is in nice condition, but definitely shows age and wear. Some of the stitching is missing, and securing strap has been repaired with leather glue. There also is a large tear on the rear side near the top. The finish is flaking, but it has a very appealing look.

Fully cleaned and ready to display, this is would make a worthy addition to any civil war collection. Ready to display!

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
Caliber: .44cal
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 8 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Action: Single
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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