Original U.S.-made Remington Rolling Block Rifle in .43 Spanish - Serial 2131

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Remington Rolling Block rifle was a breech-loading rifle produced from the mid-1860s into the early 20th century by E. Remington and Sons (later Remington Arms Company). The action was extremely strong, and could easily withstand the increased pressure of the new smokeless powders coming into use by the late 1880s.

This is a gem, Came to us filthy but now fully cleaned to truly excellent condition. The bore is incredible, with a bright finish and crisp lands and grooves, and matches the overall condition. The only real detraction is that the read sight cap and slider are missing. The Receiver tang shows the Remington Patent information very crisply in three lines of small print. There are no other markings other than 2131 which we take as the serial number on the right side of the action. Just too small to be .50 caliber I suspect this may be .43 caliber, perhaps even the Egyptian 1869 Contract but this gun NEVER SAW EGYPT!

No Egyptian gun ever looked like this condition we have ever seen and we bought 5,000 units from the Ministry of the Interior in Cairo in 1976. If this is an example of the Egyptian Contract, it stayed in a reference collection here in the United States, and never had any Egyptian markings added. It could just as easily have been intended for another Military Contract but its not Spanish, Argentinian, Danish, Swedish or U.S. military that we can see. These would have all had various markings added and different types of sights as required by their contracts.

It's anybody's guess until some learned authority tells what is really is. In very nice condition now carrying a British type cleaning rod. Fully cleaned and ready to display!

History of the Remington Rolling Block Rifle:

It was made in a variety of calibers, both rimfire and centerfire, including the 12.17x42 mm rimfire, 12.17x44 mm rimfire and 12.17x44 mm rimmed centerfire Swedish and Norwegian cartridges, .43 Spanish (11.15x58mmR), .50-70, 40-70,45-70, and later in .22 caliber. Later models were produced in .30-06 Springfield, 7×57mm Mauser, and 8×50mmR Lebel.

In 12.17x42mmRF and 12.18x44mmRF (two cartridges that were interchangeable), and towards the end of its service life also 8x58mmR Danish Krag centerfire, it served as the standard service rifle of the Swedish Army from 1867 to the mid-1890s (when it was replaced by the Swedish Mauser) and in Norway as the standard service rifle from 1867 to the mid-1880s (when it was replaced by the M1884 Jarmann). In .43 Spanish it was the chief service arm of the Spanish Army from 1870-1893, and was used by reserve and militia forces for many years thereafter. Many Rolling Block rifles were used by Argentina before being replaced in 1891 by the new 7.65mm Mauser, and were also widely used by Egypt and Mexico. The Remington rolling block also became the standard service rifle of the Danish Army. During the Franco-Prussian War, France acquired 210,000 Rolling Block rifles to make up for a shortage of the standard-issue Chassepot.

During World War I, the British Royal Navy purchased 4,500 Rolling Block rifles in 7mm Mauser from Remington's leftover stock after production had ended, issuing them to the crews of minesweepers and Q-ships. In November 1914, production of the Rolling Block was resumed, in the form of a French contract for rifles in 8×50mmR Lebel, designated by France as "Fusil Remington modèle 1914". 100,291 such rifles were delivered by 1916, and used to equip rear-line troops.


Year of Manufacture: c.1870
Caliber: .43 Spanish/Egyptian
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 35 Inches
Overall Length: 50 3 /4 Inches

Action type: Rolling Block with Rear Hammer
Feed System: Single Shot

Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.

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