1870s Antique REMINGTON .46 Caliber RF CARTRIDGE CONVERSION New Model ARMY
Made Circa 1863-75 and Converted in the 1870s!
Here we present an antique Remington New Model Army Cartridge Conversion Revolver, likely made shortly after the close of the American Civil War. The New Model Army was manufactured from 1863 to 1875 with a total production of approximately 150,000 and represented the last of Remington’s .44 caliber percussion revolvers. This revolver was likely converted sometime after the Civil War ended with the expiration of the Rollin-White Patent in 1869. The Remington New Model Army represents the second greatest number of issued handguns found on Civil War battlefields, second only to the Colt 1860 Army. The New Model Army was the primary revolver issued to Union cavalry after the fire at the Colt’s factory in 1863.
The Union government acquired a total of some 122,000 of these New Model revolvers for military use, with nearly 110,000 New Models purchased by the U.S. government during the Civil War, at a cost of around $11 each. The State of New Jersey also purchased several thousand for Civil War issue. The New Model 1863 Army represents Remington’s highest production martial pistol. It featured a strong, solid-frame design with the groove in the top for a rear sight, as opposed to Colt’s open-top design. Though Colt got the lion’s share of the government contracts, many consider the Remington New Model Army the superior firearm. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody used an ivory-handled New Model Army .44, serial number 73,293, from 1863 until 1906, when he gave it to his ranch foreman with a handwritten note which said that, “It never failed me”.
The overall condition is fine. Original blue preserved. The action is strong. Good bore, reflective and well-rifled. The left grip has a crack in the toe (stable) and is cut for a detachable shoulder stock (likely of the “wire” type). Sharp markings.
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .46 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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