CIVIL WAR U.S. Contract REMINGTON New Model ARMY
Made and Shipped Circa 1863-65
Here we present an antique Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver, likely issued to a Union soldier circa 1863-65, during the American Civil War. 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”.
Included with this historic revolver is a period .44 caliber bullet mold. The mold is itself in fair shape with a repair just below one of the halves of the cavity.
The overall condition is good. The iron parts are gray. The markings are clear. The grips are in good shape, with the left grip still showing an inspector cartouche. The bore is in good shape with sharp rifling. The action remains strong with the exception that there is a chamber on the cylinder which requires a hand to get past.
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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