AINSWORTH Inspected Antique REMINGTON .44 ARMY
Made During the Indian Wars Circa 1874
Here we present an antique Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver, made circa 1874 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. These continued to see service during the Indian Wars of the late-19th Century and their service overlapped with the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army. 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 very good. Lots of original blue finish remains with a gray patina throughout. The markings are clear. The walnut grips are in good shape and still displays the inspector’s marking of O.W. Ainsworth on the left panel. The bore is in very good condition with sharp rifling. The action remains strong. Here is a great example of one of the last New Model Army Revolvers to be produced around the time of the advent of the legendary Colt SAA!
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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