Antique CIVIL WAR Era REMINGTON-RIDER .31 Percussion DA Pocket Revolver
NICE Civil War Era .31 Caliber 5-Shot Revolver
Here we present an antique Civil War Era Remington-Rider Pocket Model Double Action Percussion Revolver, made circa 1861 with a production run between 1860-1873. This little revolver is a 5-shot, chambered in .31 percussion. The first ones produced in 1860 were black powder and had a “mushroom” cylinder for the percussion caps. Then, sometime around 1863, Remington took some of them in and converted them to cartridge. Remington’s new approach to the conversion of its percussion revolvers was considerably more diverse than Colt. Remington’s new conversions utilized a conversion method that made use of a two piece cylinder.
This required cutting off the back portion of the cylinder below the percussion nipples, drilling the chambers completely through and counter-boring the back of the cylinder to accommodate the cartridge rims. A cylinder cap, with ratchets to engage the hand and openings to allow the hammer to strike the cartridge rim, completed the conversion. Fortunately, the design of the Remington hammer required only slight modification in order to work with the two-piece cylinders, and it would still work with the percussion cylinder. By simply replacing the old cylinder, the gun could be used as a conventional cap-and-ball revolver, which proved fairly handy on the frontier where a box of cartridges couldn’t always be found!
The overall condition is very good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape for its age with thin rifling. Some original blue is present on the barrel. Clear markings. Both grips are seated firmly with less than average wear from handling.
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Barrel is 3 inches.
Caliber: .31 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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