Original U.S. Civil War Remington 1861 “Old Model” Army Percussion Revolver – Serial 4164
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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Remington 1861 “Old Model” Army Revolver in .44 caliber percussion. It is a 6 shot single-action revolver, with an 8-inch octagon barrel, which replaced the earlier “Remington-Beals Army Model Revolver”. The top of the octagonal barrel still has part of the original barrel address markings, which are quite faint and partly worn away. They originally would have read:
PATENTED DEC. 17, 1861
MANUFACTURED BY REMINGTONS, ILION, N. Y.
Other versions of this revolver were often called the “Model 1858” due to the patent date on the barrel, however this version had the 1861 date listed. Only Approximately 6,000 were produced before transitioning to the “New Model 1863”, which was the result of numerous incremental improvements suggested by the Army ordnance department. One of these was the “Safety Slots” milled between chambers on the cylinder. The milled slot positively secured the hammer between chambers for safe carry by placing the hammer’s firing pin where it did not rest on a percussion cap, eliminating the risk of an accidental discharge if the gun was dropped or the hammer struck. This example does not have these, further verifying that it is the “Old Model” Army. It also has the correct “mortised cone” front sight, also seen…