Antique REMINGTON-LEE M 1879 .43-77 Bolt Action Rifle BOX MAGAZINE Peabody
LEE ARMS COMPANY Landmark Rifle Design
Here we present an antique Remington-Lee Model 1879 Bolt Action Magazine Rifle, manufactured circa the 1880s in Ilion, New York and chambered in .43-77. The Lee Arms Company was formed and patented in 1879 by James Paris Lee. When we think of James Paris Lee, we usually think of the British family of Lee-Enfield rifles. However, the United States Navy actually adopted an early version of Lee’s action before the British, in 1879. In addition, this rifle was the first use of the detachable box magazine, a patented invention of Lee’s.
Lee initially took his design to the Sharps company, because Remington, where he did have ties form previous firearms endeavors, was trying to push the tube-magazine Remington-Keene rifle into military service. Lee’s design was founded on an attempt to improve upon the tube magazine, and Remington did not want to divide its efforts at that time. The superintendent of the Sharps company at that time was Hugo Borchardt, and he was able to devise an effective way to manufacture Lee’s box magazine. The Navy’s 300 guns were put into production, but Sharp fell into bankruptcy before they were completed.
By this time, the Army had rejected the Remington-Keene, and Lee was able to interest the company in his rifle. He took the partial receivers from Sharps over to Remington, where the rifle order was completed and delivered. Remington would call it the Remington Magazine Rifle, but collections today know it as the Remington-Lee model 1879.
The overall condition is very good. Gray patina. The action is excellent. The bore is shiny bright with strong rifling. The walnut stock shows wear and remains solid. A scarce one in nice shape!
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Barrel is 32 inches.
Caliber: .43-77 (.43 Spanish, Peabody, UMC)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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