Original U.S. Remington Rolling Block Military Rifle with Bayonet - Barn Find Condition

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 nice "Barn Fresh" example, which looks to have seen long service, and then been stored in a barn or attic for quite some time with its original bayonet. This has resulted in oxidation over the entire exterior surface, which shows a lovely dark matured patina overall. There are areas of light pitting, such as on the receiver and barrel bands, as well as much of the surface of the barrel. The wood shows significant wear, and has a dark color, with some cracks and chips consistent with long service and later storage. The bore is clear, and still does show rifling, however it is faint and well worn.

The Rifle comes with its original cleaning rod, and unlike almost all that we see, there are still mostly legible Remington patent markings on the receiver tang! Originally they would have read:-

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

There are also still western numerals on the left side of the sight ramp and on the sight leaf itself. Due to wear, we can't really tell where this rifle was issued to. We thought it was in .43 Spanish/Egyptian, but the bore at the muzzle measures out to 12mm, which is a bit to large for .43, even if it was quite worn. We did notice that one of the barrel bands has a "Crown" on it, which could indicate possible it was intended for some European contract. It is in centerfire, and shows no signs of being a conversion from rimfire. The action does still work correctly, with the ejector present and functional. It has a strong dry fire, and the firing pin spring is still intact and functional.

It's anybody's guess until some learned authority tells what is really is so we can explore the history. A "barn fresh" example, lightly cleaned and ready to display!

Specifications (rifle):-

Year of Manufacture: c.1870
Caliber: approx. 12mm
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 35 Inches
Overall Length: 50 Inches
Action type: Rolling Block with Rear Hammer
Feed System: Single Shot

Specifications (bayonet):-

Blade Length: 18"
Blade Style: Triangular
Socket Length: 2 5/8"
Overall length: 20 5/8“

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.

NOTE: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are not able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services. International customers should always consult their country's antique gun laws prior to ordering.

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