Antique REMINGTON Model 1875 .44 Caliber Single Action ARMY REVOLVER
JESSE and FRANK JAMES Revolver of Choice!
Here we present an antique Remington Model 1875 Single Action Army Revolver, also known as the “Improved Army” or the “Frontier Army”, made in Ilion, New York circa 1880. The Model 1875 followed the form of the successful Model 1858 which saw widespread use and acceptance during the American Civil War. It kept the 1858’s use of a top-strap frame which led to increased structural strength when compared to the competing open frame Colts from that period. The 1875 was specifically developed around the use of metallic cartridge ammunition. It was supposed to be Remington’s answer to the hugely popular Colt .45 SAA, better known as the “Peacemaker” and represented Remington’s first dive into the metallic cartridge revolver market. Ordinary citizens and Old West lawmen alike recognized the sturdy quality of the new Remington revolvers.
The Model 1875 was actually pretty late to the game by some two full years as the Colt Peacemaker had already found favor with the US Government through Army bound contracts. Because of this, production totals reached only around 25,000 to 30,000 revolvers with a manufacturing period ranging from 1875 into 1889. Frank and Jesse James both owned and used Model 1875s, at least two of which still exist. Frank’s No. 5116 and Jesse’s No. 559.
According to Flayderman, serial numbers through 16,000 are the very first guns produced, being chambered in the fairly rare .44 Remington. The caliber is unmarked on these early examples, unlike those that came later in production. The example we have here is numbered “13475”.
The overall condition is good. The action (hammer/trigger) is strong. Cylinder locks up reliably on 2 of the 6 chambers but has some overtravel with the others. The firing pin has been replaced, and is a bit crude. The bore is bright with nice rifling. Both grips are firm and contain in total, seven, uniform hash marks: 2 on the left and 5 on the right. A scarce example of the Remington Model 1875 in .44 Remington!
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .44 Remington
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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