Original U.S. Remington Model 1871 Army Rolling Block Pistol in .50cal with Bone Grips - Serial 881

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. A fascinating example of an extremely rare U.S. Military Pistol that very possibly fell into the hands of Native Americans.
In good overall condition showing only wear from use, the original wood grip and forestock have been replaced with what we think is probably Buffalo bone. Well worn showing considerable age the bone furniture is most alluring. This pistol still has the standard 7" barrel in .50 cal center fire. Many were later converted into longer barreled sporting guns. The left side of the frame still bears traces of  the Maker and Patent information:

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

The bone grips have a lovely patina, and have developed a great yellow color with age and use. Under the grip, there is some pitting on the mounts, but serial number 881 is still visible. The action works well, though the extractor/ejector is missing. The metal finish is quite worn, but does have a great gray patina to it. Bore shows clear lands and grooves, though there is some past pitting that has been removed.

A fine example for any U.S. Collection ready to display.

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.


Years of Manufacture: c.1871-1876
Caliber: .50cal
Ammunition Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 7 inches
Overall Length: 12 inches
Action: Rolling Block
Feed System: Single Shot

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