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Original U.S. Remington Model 1867 Navy Rolling Block Pistol in .50cal - Serial 160

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. These are very unusual and very hard to find, especially in their full military trim with the original markings! This pistol still has the standard 8 1/2" rifled barrel in .50 cal centerfire. Many were later converted into longer barreled sporting guns. The left side of the frame is marked with the Maker and Patent information:

PAT. MAY 3D. NOV. 15TH 1864 APRIL 17TH 1866

Under the grip it is marked with 160 on both the receiver tang and the trigger guard, which matches the number stamped into the wood of the grip. That makes this a very nice "ALL MATCHING" example that has not had major components swapped out over the years. There is a U.S. Navy "Anchor" proof on the chamber end of the barrel.

The entire gun in very good used condition with the usual wear from service. The receiver and trigger guard were at one time nickel plated, which is still about 25% retained, with the rest faded to a mottled patina. The barrel shows a dull gray patina, with a few areas of light pitting. The stocks are solid but do show wear and handling scars, as shown.

The action is crisp and moves smoothly, with an intact firing pin, though it does not have the return spring. The ejector on this earlier model is also just a small tab on the top of the "rolling block", which is still present, but was unfortunately not entirely effective in practice. The bore is in very good condition, showing clear three groove rifling and a mostly bright finish. There is a bit of wear as well as light powder fowling in the grooves.

A fine example for any U.S. Military Pistol Collectionm ready to display!


Years of Manufacture: c.1866-1870
Caliber: .50cal
Ammunition Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 8 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 13 1/4 inches
Action: Rolling Block
Feed System: Single Shot

History of the Remington Rolling Block Pistol
The Remington Rolling Block is one of the most successful single shot weapons ever developed. It is a strong and simple action, very reliable, and not prone to be jammed by dirt or rough usage. It was based in part on the "split breech" action produced by Remington during the United States Civil War. That design was re-engineered by Joseph Rider during 1865, and the first firearm based on it, the Model 1865 Remington Pistol, was offered for sale to the United States Army and Navy in 1866. While the Army turned the design down, the Navy committed to purchase 5000 pistols.

The pistol went through several models, and the 1871 Army pistol (sometimes referred to as the Army and Navy Model) was the final redesign. The trigger and trigger guard were moved forward on the receiver, and a spur was added to the receiver behind the hammer to allow for a better grip. A rotating extractor was designed. The front sight was changed from a bead to a blade, and the lockwork was also redesigned. The gun was available in .50 centerfire, but could be special ordered in .22 rimfire. It was designed for the U.S. military, but was never sold to them, however this example seems to have been a private purchase. Over 6000 are estimated to have been manufactured.

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