Original U.S. Civil War Rogers & Spencer Army Model .44 Percussion Revolver - Matching Serial 4503
Original Item: Only One available. This is one of only 5,800 revolvers manufactured, 5,000 of which went directly to the U.S. Army fighting the Confederate States during the Civil War. During the war supplies of revolvers sometimes ran short, so many smaller companies were given contracts for production of percussion revolvers. This was especially true after the Colt factory fire of February 1964. An order was placed in early 1865 for these revolvers, however they arrived too late to see much action.
This example has the usual 6 shot cylinder, and has an 7 1/2" octagonal barrel. The technology used like those of both the Whitney and Remington were based on the FREEMAN design. This explains the resemblance to those designs.
The revolver is marked clearly on the top of the cylinder strap, on both sides of the sighting groove:
ROGERS & SPENCER
Overall finish is a nice worn gray patina, and has not been refurbished or buffed, as many were. It does however show evidence of past external pitting, now ground away. All parts of the revolver bear matching serial 4503, including the frame, grip frame, barrel, cylinder, loading rammer, and even the insides of both grip scales. The left grip scale also still has a crisp script RPB cartouche of inspector Captain R. P. Barry, who inspected Remington, Starr, and Rogers & Spencer Revolvers from 1860 to 1865.
Pistol is complete, action is smooth but a bit stiff, and the cylinder lock up is good, though a quick hammer pull is required for proper indexing. As with all revolvers of this age, it can be a bit finicky at times. The bore shows clear lands and grooves, with a mostly bright finish.
Coming from an old Collection from South Carolina, these revolvers are very hard to find. A rare U.S. Civil war revolver in good used condition, ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: circa 1865
Ammunition Type: Percussion Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 8 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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