Original U.S. Civil War Remington New Model 1863 Navy Percussion Revolver - Serial 28255

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice Remington New Model Navy Revolver in .36 caliber percussion, 6 shot single action revolver, with an 7 3/8-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 Navy" is the correct designation from Remington. The top of the octagonal barrel still has the original barrel markings, which are mostly clear:

PATENTED [SEPT.] 14. 1858

This 1863 Navy model revolver is in nice used condition showing plenty of old blue/black color, and a lovely worn patina. There is even a good amount of the original plating on the brass trigger guard. Original markings on the barrel somewhat faint but discernible. They are a bit off of parallel, so most likely the faint markings are due to a stamping error. The walnut grips are in very good condition, showing the expected wear, and still have a good amount of the factory varnish. They have the original cross pin and ferrules installed, and look great!

The loading lever still locks into place correctly, and the cylinder arbor pin pulls out easily, being stopped by the loading lever pivot screw. The revolver has a strong smooth action, with a strong mainspring, and good cylinder lockup. As with many revolvers this age, it can be a bit finicky if the hammer is pulled back very slowly, in which case it doesn't quite index completely. We checked the bore, and it is in very good condition, mostly bright and shiny with a bit of oxidation in the grooves.

This revolver has partial matching serial numbers, with 28255 appearing on the underside of the barrel, and on the frame under the grip. The rear of the cylinder is marked with the letter K and 14, which may be the assembly number, or it possibly was replaced at arsenal. Springfield Research Service records indicate revolvers in this range were delivered late 1864 - early 1865, so this is a true civil war gun.

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 Navy 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 is a single-action, six-shot, percussion revolver produced by E. Remington & Sons, Ilion, N.Y., based on the Fordyce Beals patent of September 14, 1858 (Patent 21,478). The Remington Army revolver is large-framed revolver in .44 caliber with an 8-inch barrel length. The Remington Navy revolver is slightly smaller framed than the Army and in .36 caliber with a 7.375 inch [Beals Navy 7.5 inch] barrel length. There were three progressive models made: the Remington-Beals Army & Navy (1860–1862), the 1861 Army & Navy (1862–1863), and the New Model Army & Navy (1863–1875). The three models are nearly identical in size and appearance. Subtle but noticeable differences in hammers, loading levers, and cylinders help identify each model. The 1861 Remington actually transitioned into New Model appearance by late 1862, slowly transforming throughout 1862, due to continual improvement suggestions from the U. S. Ordnance Department

The New Model 1863 Navy was the last of Remington's .36 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 Army and it's forbear, the Remington-Beals Army, also saw action during the war.


Year of Manufacture: circa 1864-1865
Caliber: .36cal
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 7 3/8 inches
Overall Length: 13 1/2 inches
Action: Single
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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