E. Remington & Sons 1858 (1861) New Model Army
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Make: E. Remington & Sons Model: These are known as the “Model 1858”, but full production did not begin until later. Serial Number: 20941 Year of Manufacture: These revolvers were produced from 1861 to 1875 with a total production number of 122,000, putting the DOM around late 1864 to very early 1865. Caliber: .44 Caliber Ball Action Type: 6-Shot, Single Action, Cylinder Loaded Percussion Revolver Markings: The top of the barrel's markings are missing. The underside of the barrel and left of the grip frame bear the serial number, the trigger guard is marked "P". The left of the barrel is marked "P", the right "W", seen again on the left of the frame. Barrel Length: 8” Sights / Optics: The front sight is long brass blade, with small oblique marks on the flanks, dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” channel on top of the frame. Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth walnut panels, the left panel has a cross carved at the lower portion, there are scrape marks and a few chip losses. The right grip has a large repaired crack through the middle of the grip, looking to have been from hammering a nail in, given the marks on the butt of both stocks. The rear edge of the right stock has three metal pins nailed through the crack, giving it a unique look. The escutcheons no longer remain stable in their hole cutouts. The grips rate in about Fair overall condition. Type of Finish: Blue with Brass Trigger Guard & Case Colored Hammer Finish Originality: We believe the barrel was scrubbed at some point, areas of bare metal can be seen under the erosion on some areas of the frame as well. Bore Condition: The bore mid gray with dark spots of surface erosion and pitting. The rifling is still highly formed. Overall Condition: No finish remains, the areas that were not cleaned off have dark brown and black surface erosion with pitting and general handling marks. The brass trigger guard has natural patina and dark spots. The internals of the frame appear to be correct to the revolver. The screw head slots are generally disfigured. The markings are lost on the barrel, the other markings are legible, though there is a bit of built surface erosion on the grip frame at the serial number. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fair condition as not having the original serialized barrel. Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces about 1/16” side to side play with light back play. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements. Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None. Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remington_Model_1858 “The Remington is a single-action, six-shot, percussion revolver produced by E. Remington & Sons, Ilion, N.Y., based on theFordyce Beals patent of September 14, 1858 (Patent 21,478). The Remington Army revolver is large-framed, in .44 caliber, with an 8 inch barrel length. The Remington Navy revolver is slightly smaller framed than the Army, and in .36 caliber with an 7.375 inch [Beals Navy 7.5 inch] barrel length. There were three progressive models made; the Remington-Beals Army & Navy (1860–1862), the 1861 Army & Navy (1862–1863), and the New Model Army & Navy (1863–1875).The three models are nearly identical in size and appearance. Subtle but noticeable differences in hammers, loading levers, and cylinders help identify each model. The 1861 Remington actually transitioned into New Model appearance by late 1862, slowly transforming throughout 1862, due to continual improvement suggestions from the U. S. Ordnance Department. Remington percussion revolvers are very accurate and capable of considerable power with muzzle velocities in the range of 550 to 1286+ feet-per-second, depending upon the charge loaded by the shooter. Combustible cartridge velocities averaged from 700 to 900 feet per second (270 m/s), depending on powder quality, charge and conical bullet weight. Combustibles were usually loaded with a special high performance sporting grade black powder, using the minimum charge required for a specified impact level, usually determined by pine penetration tests. The special powder and minimal charge reduced black powder fouling, allowing revolvers to be fired as much as possible before cleaning was necessary.” This revolver was made sometime around 1864 to 1865 during the American Civil War. With our Springfield Research Service manual on martial serial numbers, we can pretty much assume this marked pistol would have been in the hands of a cavalryman but could have easily been a battlefield pickup for a Confederate. The left grip panel has an old cross carved into the surface, making us beg to know the item's history. NRA ANTIQUE FIREARM CONDITIONS STANDARDS:
- FACTORY NEW: All original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.
- EXCELLENT: All original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.
- FINE: All original parts; over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; good bore.
- VERY GOOD: All original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collectors firearms.
- GOOD: Some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or re-blued; principal letters, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.
- FAIR: Some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or re-blued; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.
- POOR: Major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated, wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative; generally undesirable as a collector's firearm.