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Original U.S. Remington-Smoot New Model No.1 Nickel-Plated Pocket Revolver .30 Rimfire - Circa 1876

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is in just wonderful almost untouched condition! The Remington "Smoot" patent revolver registered in 1873 was a very early attempt by Remington Arms Company at a breech loading revolver system. The top strap of the barrel is marked:

E.REMINGTON & SONS. ILION.N.Y. PAT. W.S.SMOOT. OCT.21.1873

Beginning in the 1850s, E. Remington & Sons sold an array of pocket pistols and revolvers. At the conclusion of the Civil War and during westward expansion, revolver competition was at an all time high. There was a drive for innovation in order to survive as a company. Remington was one of several manufacturers that focused on the production of pocket pistols and derringers, which ultimately satisfied the concealment needs of late nineteenth-century western society. Beginning in the 1870s, Remington marketed a new line of small revolvers. They often have been erroneously named Remington New Line Revolvers, even though Remington catalogs marketed them as the Remington-Smoot New Model Revolvers or the Smoot’s Patent New Models.

This example is the New Model No.1, and about 3,000 of this Model were made between 1875 and 1877. It is a five-shot revolver chambered for .30 rimfire short metallic cartridges. This example bears serial number 1653 under the grips, so it was made about mid-way through production, probably in 1876.

The revolver is heavily Nickel plated, and in excellent condition. It has the correct hard rubber checkered grips. The plating is 95% plus complete. The barrel is 2 3/4" in length. Loading from the right rear of the cylinder there is a sprung loaded ejection rod mounted on the right side of the barrel to assist in the ejection of the spent cartridge cases. The style of ejection rod identifies this as a No.1. The No.2 had a smaller rod without the reduction in diameter near the end button. The later No.3 was larger in size.

William Sydney Smoot was an inventor in America who received more than a dozen firearms patents. Smoot was born in 1845 in Norfolk, Virginia. During the Civil War, he was a lieutenant in the First Maryland Infantry as part of the Union. He spent the end of the war as an ordnance officer at Springfield Armory. He resigned from the military in 1870 and began work at Remington the following year. On October 21, 1873, Smoot was issued Patent Number 143,855, which was awarded for an “Improvement in Revolving Fire-Arms.” Smoot’s patent was unique for two reasons: 1. the frame, barrel, and ejector housing were one piece 2. the revolving recoil shield allowed for the ejector and center pin to work together.

With technology advancing with such speed in the 1870's it is no surprise that this system was quickly improved upon and production was cancelled. Consequently nice examples such as this one are extremely rare.

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Specifications: 

Years of Manufacture: circa 1876
Caliber: .30cal
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 2 3/4 inches
Overall Length: 6 1/2 inches
Action: Single
Feed System: 5 Shot Revolver

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