|Seller's Location||Grove City, OH|
|Shipping Weight||8 lbs|
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|Auction ends||February 25, 2019 7:45 PM MST|
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This is an early, serial No. 4734, Remington Old Model 44 caliber percussion revolver made on military contract early in the Civil War. It has the military inspector’s letter markings on the various parts, and the faint outline of the military’s final acceptance inspection cartouche is still visible on the left wood grip. The Springfield Research Service book shows this serial in the middle of a vary large group of Remington Army revolvers in the hands of troopers of the 11th Ohio Cavalry, a very interesting unit which was sent West as Indian fighters to guard the Overland Trail - I know that this doesn't prove this gun was issued to that unit, but it did surface in southwest Ohio, where the 11th Ohio Cavalry was formed and recruited. Other Armies in this range on the Springfield Research list were issued to Kansas and Missouri troops - they served on the same western frontier as the Eleventh Ohio (sometimes called "the Mountain Cavalry.")
The mechanics are fine, and the hammer lock up is just as it should be. The rifling in the barrel is distinct and sharp, without any pits or rings, better than usual in these black powder guns. The serial matches on frame, barrel and trigger guard; the rear of the cylinder is marked in between the nipples “B 8 54 1” and so does not match – Remington was not as particular as Colt, and when replacements were made at the factory, did not renumber the part to match the gun as Colt was wont to do. The finish is a nice even dark patina The barrel address is weak, as is common on these.
The wood grips fit fully, are solid and have no chips or cracks, and still show the military inspector’s cartouche on the left side.
Remington made only 5,000 of these Old Model Army .44s, and so this Model is much rarer than the 106,000 later New Models. Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms says that “most [Old Models] show heavy wear. Better condition specimens [are] scarce.” This has the early cone front sight which can be drifted side to side to adjust point of aim, a neat feature of these early guns.
This gun was originally designed so that the cylinder pin could be pulled forward and the cylinder removed lowering the loading lever. The pin could be pulled forward, sliding along the groove cut into the top of the loading lever, but when soldiers learned that the recoil of the pistol could cause the pin to move forward and bind the gun (causing it to lock up so it could not be used), the armory reworked many (including this one) by added a screw into the cylinder pin groove in the loading lever to stop the pin from moving forward with the loading lever up and in place.
Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms says of these historic big bore revolvers “One of the major handguns of the Civil War, the New Model Army was the stiffest competitor to Colt’s Model 1860 Army. Of the Remington 44 caliber percussion revolvers, the famous showman William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody carried a Remington .44 caliber Army from circa 1866 to mid-1870s for buffalo hunting and the Indian Wars, and claimed “It never failed me.”
During the course of the American Civil War, Remington delivered some 115,557 .44 caliber revolvers to the US Ordnance Department. However, only 850 would be the oldest Beals pattern guns (0.7%) and 4,902 would be the M-1861 “Old Model” Army (4%). The balance would all be the “New Model” revolvers. Eventually more than 70 US cavalry regiments would be armed with .44 caliber Remington revolvers, including the 4th & 6th US Regular Cavalry, the 4th US Colored Cavalry and volunteer US cavalry regiments from some 20 different states and territories.
It is difficult to find an Old Model Remington Army, and to me it is intriguing that this is in the serial number range of those that went with Ohio troops to the Mountain West, thus bridging two different collecting interests, the Civil War and the Old West!
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