c1865 Antique CIVIL WAR Govt Contract Percussion REMINGTON New Model ARMY
Here we present an antique Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver, made circa 1865 in Ilion, New York. The New Model Army was manufactured from 1863 to 1875 with a total production of approximately 132,000 and represented the last of Remington’s .44 caliber percussion revolvers. The Remington New Model Army represents the second-most 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. Bright original blue across the frame has been preserved. Original case colors on the hammer. Smooth gray patina on the barrel. This is likely from environmental factors in storage, including possibly having been stored in a holster. Extremely bright bore with crisp rifling. Excellent, smooth action. Both walnut grips are firmly seated with a legible cartouche, “OWA”, on the left. This truly fine piece of American Civil War history would be a great addition to the collection.
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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