Original U.S. Remington Model 1871 Army Rolling Block Pistol in .50cal with Military Cartouche - Serial 2080

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 and visible grip cartouche. This pistol still has the standard 7" 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

The wood grip on the left face stamped with very nice Inspector's Script Cartouche: CRS. Under the grip it is marked with serial number 2020, though there is also number 1979, which is stamped into the walnut grips as well. We unfortunately do not know the meaning of having both numbers. The entire gun in excellent used condition with some old vice marks to the barrel. The action is crisp and moves smoothly. The Bore shows lands and grooves, but there is evidence of past pitting.

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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