Antique REMINGTON Model 1875 .44 Rem. 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 1875. This example is almost certainly a first year production example with a serial number of “250”. 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 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. They were manufactured in three different chamberings, which were .44 Remington Centerfire, .44-40 WCF, and .45 Colt. These were not optional, rather, the caliber of production models was determined by their date of manufacture. 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.
The overall condition is fine. This revolver has been replated in nickel. The markings remain clear. Numbers match with the low 3 digit number. The action is excellent. The bore is in good condition with good rifling. The grips are smooth and solid. A hard revolver to come by!
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 WCF
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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