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Original U.S. Remington Model 1867 U.S. Navy Contract Rolling Block Carbine in .50-70 - Serial 3159

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very scarce example of a Remington Model 1867 Carbine, from the lot of 5000 carbines manufactured for the U.S. Navy in 1868-1869. This example bears serial number 3159 on the barrel by the receiver. It is equipped with the correct 23 1/2" barrel has been restored to this wonderful condition using original arsenal parts. Due to how few were made, they are very rare to find on the market today in any condition.

Our example is stamped on the right side of the action with:-  


"F.C.W." are the initials of inspector Frank C. Warner. There are also two G.C.F cartouches, on the fore and rear stocks, but we have not been able to identify this inspector. Above the chamber of the carbine is a naval "Anchor" stamp.

The tang of the receiver is marked with the patent licensing information:

PAT. MAY 3D NOV 15TH 1864 APRIL 17TH 1868

The condition of the rifle is very nice, with just a little peppering on parts of the metalwork, and otherwise has a nice gray patina from aged bluing. The barrel itself does show evidence of cold bluing restoration. The stocks are very nice, with little sign of wear or use, so we believe they are arsenal replacements, which explains the mismatched inspector marks. The barrel looks pretty much unfired internally, with a bright finish and crisp lands and grooves. Truly a choice condition example!

There is an included information sheet on the rifle, confirming that the stocks were replaced, which also gives additional marking information from when the gun was stripped to have the stocks replaced during restoration. These include proof marks and assembly numbers, which can only be seen when the carbine is disassembled.

In fantastic condition, a very rare Remington Government Navy Contract Model 1867 Carbine in .50-45 caliber. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1868-69
Caliber: .50-45
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 23 1/2 Inches
Overall Length: 38 1/2 Inches

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

History of the Remington Rolling Block

During the U.S. Civil War, Joseph Rider experimented with several breech loading weapon designs. In 1865, he was issued the first patent for what would evolve into the Remington rolling block action. The Remingtons continued to invest in Rider's work, and met with Ordnance Department officials in the hope of interesting them in this new design. The U.S. Navy Ordnance Department became interested in the design, and purchased several different models of rifles from 1867 through 1869. Field trials of these various rifles yielded mostly positive results.

In 1869, the Navy Bureau of Ordnance tested many different weapons, and settled on the .50 caliber Remington Rolling Block for use by both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marines. An order was placed for 10,000 model 1870 rifles. After the rifles were produced, Navy inspectors realized that the rear sights had been positioned incorrectly, and were dangerously close to the chamber, making the weapon unsafe for use. All 10,000 rifles were rejected, and were subsequently sold to France for use in the Franco-Prussian War. The sale of the defective rifles enabled enough funds to be recovered that the Navy Ordnance Department ordered an additional 12,000 rifles.

Following the success of the model 1870, the Governor of New York ordered 15,000 Remington rolling block rifles and bayonets for his state's militia. These model 1871 rifles were very similar to the model 1870 rifles, but differed in some details. Field experience with the model 1870 showed that the mechanism jammed too easily in dusty conditions. Users also did not like loading the weapon at full cock. The model 1871 included a locking bolt in the breech mechanism. The user pulled the hammer to the full cock position, retracted the breech block spur to expose the chamber, and inserted the cartridge. When the breech block closed, the hammer automatically fell to the half cock position, and the weapon could not be fired until the hammer was once again pulled to the full cock position.

Over 20,000 model 1871 rifles were eventually purchased by the state of New York. The U.S. Army did not greet the Remingtons with much enthusiasm, despite its superiority to the standard-issue Springfield model 1870. Foreign sales of the weapon were much more successful. Denmark ordered many of the model 1870 and 1871 rifles. In 1873, Spain ordered 50,000 model 1871 rifles, which were delivered in 1875. Numerous other countries, such as France, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Greece, and Puerto Rico also purchased this rifle

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