RARE Antique REMINGTON Model 1890 .44-40 WCF Caliber Single Action REVOLVER
Successor to the MODEL 1875 SINGLE ACTION ARMY
Here we present a rare antique Remington Model 1890 Single Action Army Revolver made in Ilion, New York circa 1893. These were produced between 1891 and 1896, with only 2020 of these revolvers being manufactured. It was based on the successful Remington Model 1875 and the lesser-known Model 1888 with both revolvers having the same size, appearance, and the removable cylinder. The 1890 Remington single-actions kept the solid frame and similar styling of the 1875 model but lacking the large web under the ejector rod housing and equipped with checkered rubber grips. Like the 1875 model, the 1890 was suitably made for metallic cartridges, but only issued in .44-40 caliber. Ordinary citizens and Old West lawmen alike recognized the sturdy quality of the new Remington revolvers. Changes that were made to the 1890 were an attempt to make it more similar to the competing Colt Single Action Army pistols of the era.
In 1888 Remington had entered receivership due to significant business setbacks and was purchased by Winchester and Hartley (of Hartley & Graham fame), who both owned 50% of the company. The Model 1890 was an opportunity for Winchester to put its own competitor to the Colt Single Action Army on the market, without technically violating the long standing unwritten agreement between Colt and Winchester to “stay out of each other’s markets”. In other words, Colt would concentrate on making handguns and try not to interfere too much in the rifle market and Winchester would stay out of the revolver market. The Model 1890 was a great way to compete directly with the Single Action Army by Colt, without starting a war between the two companies. The choice of the caliber was also a logical way for Winchester to emphasize the favorite pistol caliber (44-40 WCF) chambering of its most popular rifle line.
After the production of a few Model 1888 transition revolvers called the “New Model Pocket Army”, Remington began production of the Model 1890 Single Action Army revolver. As mentioned above, it was manufactured between 1891 to 1896 in very small numbers. It is one of the most sought after of all of the Remington handguns. Standard barrel length was 7-1/2 inches or 5 3/4 inches. Of the 2,020 produced, a handful of Remington 1890s saw service as side arms by Indian police on Western reservations.
The overall condition is near fine. Original blue finish, case colors (still vivid on the protected part of the hammer), and patina. The action is excellent and holds the safety, half-cock, and full-cock notches. The bore is in nice shape for age with bright lands and strong rifling. The Remington trademarked hard rubber grips are in nice shape with the exception of the chip from the left grip panel. Numbers match. A fantastic example of a rare Remington 6-Shooter!
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Barrel is 5-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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