Rare CIVIL WAR Era Antique REMINGTON ZIG-ZAG .22 Rimfire Pepperbox Revolver
1 of approximately 1,000, Clive Cussler
Here we present an antique Remington Zig-Zag Pistol, made circa 1861 with a production run of 1861 and 1862 in Ilion, New York. This scarce little pocket pistol is one of less than 1,000 manufactured during its two-year production run. It is a 6-shot revolving barrel pistol. The 3-3/16” barrels are cut with zigzag grooves, which are part of the revolving mechanism. The trigger is formed as a ring, that when moved forward and rearward turns the barrels and cocks the internal hammer. The barrel group is marked “ELLIOT’S PATENT AUR. 17, 1858 MAY 29, 1860” as well as “MANUFACTURED BY/REMINGTON’S/ILION, N.Y.”
This pistol is from the collection of Clive Cussler. Cussler was a Korean War veteran who found fame as a fiction writer, finding success in thriller novels featuring the swaggering Dirk Pitt. Pitt was legendary when it comes to the modern gun culture. Just about any firearm that you could think of (and many you can’t) has graced the pages of a Clive Cussler novel! We found a reference to a .22 Pepperbox wielded by Marion Bell in Cussler’s The Saboteurs, and there may be other references, perhaps inspired by this piece.
The overall condition is very good. Dark patina. Excellent action. Good, clear bores. Firm grips in very good shape with low wear. A great example of a rare Remington, owned by a renowned author!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrels are 3-3/16 inches.
Caliber: .22 Short Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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