CIVIL WAR U.S. Contract REMINGTON New Model ARMY
Made and Shipped Circa 1863
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”.
Government inspector marks can be found in the single letters throughout this gun. The left side of the grip has a cartouche with the initials “GP” for Giles Porter, a known inspector of Remington New Model revolvers.
This original Civil War Remington revolver comes encased with a modern set of accoutrements and the previous owner did like to shoot. The case includes spare nipples and a wrench, two powder flasks, a bullet mold and cap tin.
The overall condition is very good. The revolver bears traces of its original blue finish with a light gray patina throughout. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The bore is in great shape, clean with sharp rifling. The grips are in very good shape, clearly showing inspection marks and a few handling marks. The action is excellent. This is a very handsome modern set built around an authentic Civil War Remington New Model Army Revolver.
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Barrel is 7 3/4 inch octagon.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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