Remington Revolvers

Remington Revolvers

Remington and Sons was established by gunsmith Eliphalet Remington in 1816. The company manufactured muskets, rifles, shotguns and farm tools. In 1857 Fordyce Beals designed the company's first revolver. This pocket weapon was based on the gun being produced by Derringer. Beals then went on to produce a standard Remington revolver. During the American Civil War the Remington was the second most popular revolver after the one produced by Colt. Many gunfighters, including Frank James, claimed that the Remington revolver was superior to those produced by Samuel Colt.

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Remington Revolvers - History

Eliphalet Remington’s rifle barrels developed a reputation among gunsmiths for accuracy
beginning with his own match performances. In 1828, he devoted his entire smithy to making
barrels and won a government contract for 5,000 rifles in 1845.His sons Philo, Samuel, and
Eliphalet Jr came into the trade and E. Remington & Sons opened in 1856 in Illion, NY.

Approximately 2,500 first models were produced during 1857 and 1858 followed by 1,200
second models and 1,500 third models.

As the pocket revolvers found favor in the market, Beals began design of a larger and more
easily manufactured revolver
for the military. The result was
the .44 cal. Remington-Beals
Army Revolver.
2,500 of them
were produced
from 1860 to
1862, called
1858 Army
from its patent
date.

Remington did not overlook the popularity Colt had brought to the .36 caliber. Eight thousand
smaller guns were made during the two years of the Remington-Beals’ production, known as the
Navy 1858. Another 5,000 improved Navies, known as the 1861, were manufactured in 1862.
The improved Remington New Model Army .44 was introduced in 1863 to and manufactured
until 1875. Both newer models incorporated improvements and the gun was so well received that
132,000 were produced between 1863 and 1875, along with 32,000 New Navies. The
government eventually purchased some 110,00 Army and Navy revolvers under contracts that
reached $29,196,820.01 before the war’s end.

Though none of the romance of the Colt revolver’s development accompanied the Remington
1858 designs, they were popular with Union and Confederate soldiers. The solid frame, rugged
loading lever, and easily interchangeable cylinder of the 1858 and successor designs all
represented significant improvements over the percussion Colt. Apart from the greater strength,
compactness, simplicity, and utility of the Remington, its production cost was significantly lower
than the equivalent Colts. Following the war, the public widely adopted the battle-proven
handguns and the design prevailed in the marketplace until Colt's introduction of its cartridge
firing 1873. The advent era of the percussion revolver came to an end in 1875 when Remington
abandoned production of its percussion guns for its first cartridge revolver.

The revival and refinement of the Beals design and the height of percussion revolver
development came nearly a hundred years later in 1972 with Ruger’s introduction of its aptly
named Old Army.

Text adopted from David Stroud’s
“Guns of the Texas Rangers:
The Remington New Model Army”,
Texas Ranger Dispatch®, #8, 2002.


A: We believe these products’ rightful place is in the mid to high end of their respective categories. As the beginning of a new chapter in this brand’s history, we intend to elevate these products with improved quality, features, and technical improvements to performance.

A: Our goal is to be true to our brand and produce first-rate products for our consumers. While we might not be as big as “Big Green” once was, we believe a significant number of our brand loyalists will be very pleased with our new approach to quality and have no doubt we will continue to be considered a major force.


Civil War Revolvers and Pistols

Prices are volatile sometimes. Please call for current prices
Our current prices are reflected below.
Prices on this page should be accurate, but subject to change at any time.

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Ordering from us indicates an understanding of the warranty as stated.

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1847 Colt Walker, With a total production of only 1100, the originals of these guns are highly prized by collectors. The massive 4+ pound, 6 Shot, .44 caliber revolver is often referred to as the granddaddy of revolvers. 6 Shot Cylinder is engraved with the scene "Fighting Dragoons". Length of barrel 9", Round Forward of Lug. Steel Backstrap, Brass trigger guard. One Piece Walnut Grip. Overall length 15 3/4".
These are made by Uberti. Please Call

Pistol caps, nipple wrenches and cleaning supplies can be found on our "Firearms Accessories Page"

We now have available an R & D Conversion Cylinder for the Uberti Walker. See below or Click Here

Pietta
Colt 1860 Army Revolver. The 1860 Army Revolver, because of its lighter weight, improved balance and superior ballistics was adopted by the U.S. Ordnance and became very popular with the mounted troops. This .44 caliber, 8" round barrel percussion revolver was to be the issue side arm for the U.S. Army for many years. Made By Flli Pietta. Blued steel frame. Engraved scene on the cylinder. Walnut grips. Nice reproduction. Functional Firing Weapon. Please Call
R & D Conversion Cylinders for the 1860 PIETTA Colt Revolvers are not available at this time.
Pietta

Colt 1851 Navy Revolver. .36 cal Mfg by Pietta. Blued steel frame. Walnut Grips. Octagonal barrel. Engraved naval scene on the cylinder. 7 1/2" barrel, 13 1/3" overall. Nice reproduction. Functional Firing Weapon. Please Call

R & D Conversion Cylinders are now available for Colt 1851 Navy Revolvers- Please Inquire
R & D Conversion Cylinders are not available for 1851 Colt Navy revolver in .44 caliber- Sorry!


Pietta

Colt 1851 Navy Yank US Marshal. Excellent reproduction by Pietta.
.44 cal only right now. .36 cal may be available by special order.
We called these Stainless Steel for lack of a better term, but the metal is actually a highly polished steel allow that does not rust easily, and accepts the photo engraving very nicely. Fluted Cylinder. Frame is fully engraved. Walnut Grips. This model has been very popular. A nice shooter as well. Please Call THIS IS A SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - DELIVERY TYPICALLY TAKES 2-3 MONTHS!

Note- These are made to a higher quality standard than similar models sold by a national discount sporting goods company.

Replacement cylinders in matching metal are available from time to time. Please inquire.
R & D Conversion Cylinders are not available for this revolver in .44 caliber- Sorry!

Pistol caps, nipple wrenches and cleaning supplies can be found on our "Firearms Accessories Page"

Pietta
Colt 1851 Reb Navy
. Pietta. .36 or .44 cal. As Above, no engraving.
Steel barrel and cylinder, brass frame as in many Confederate Revolvers of the 1860's.
Trigger guard and grip strap are also in brass. The cylinder is engraved with the Naval Ship scene. Can be loaded and fired with blank rounds or lead ball. (Actual live firing is not recommended with brass frame revolvers).
A very nice reproduction of a CS revolver at an economical price. $ 375.00

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Uberti
Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver
.31 caliber.
As described above.
This is a very popular model now as well as 150 years ago due to its' size and style. Color case hardened frame, with blue finish. Plain cylinder. 4" barrel, 5 shot. Color case hardened frame, blued barrel.
This model is made by Uberti. Please Call

R & D Conversion Cylinder for 1849 Colt Revolvers are not available at this time.

Colt 1849 Wells Fargo Model .31 caliber. By Uberti. Nice little pocket model similar to the Baby Dragoon. The Wells Fargo has no loading lever (Projectile is loaded using the cylinder pin) Nice case hardened frame, engraved cylinder as per the Colt tradition. Please Call

R & D Conversion Cylinder for 1849 Colt Revolvers are not available at this time.


Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Revolver,
Made by Uberti .36 cal. Same revolver frame as the 1849 Colt Pocket revolver, with a longer barrel. The design is also similar to the full size model 1851 Colt Navy revolver only smaller frame.
5 1/2" or 6 1/2" barrel length (depending upon availability). This was designed to be carried in a pocket if needed as well as a holster. Blued steel with walnut grips. Octagonal barrel and plain cylinder. Color case hardened frame. A very nice looking revolver and fully functional. . Please Call


Colt 1862 Pocket Police,
.36 cal. Handy little revolver with a round barrel similar to the colt 1860. Blued steel with a color case hardened frame. Half fluted cylinder is very attractive. 5 1/2" barrel and 10 1/2" overall. Designed for discriminating use with its' compact design. Could be carried in a pocket or holster.
Fully functional. Please Call


Remington 1858 Revolver. 44 cal, Pietta. 6 shot, 8" barrel. The Remingtons feature an over the cylinder frame strap, and an easier system to change the cylinder than the Colt revolvers. The New Model 1858 Remington Army Revolver was one of the major sidearms of the Civil War and presented the greatest competition for the Colt Model 1860 Army. This on is our best seller. Easy to load, clean, and
accepts the R & D Conversion Cylinders easily. Functional Firing Weapon ..Please Call

Pistol caps, nipple wrenches and cleaning supplies can be found on our "Firearms Accessories Page"

Spare Cylinder for PIETTA Remingtons. Blued finish matches the revolver above .. 44 caliber . $122.95

R & D Conversion Cylinders are available in a matching finish for all Remington 1858 Revolvers.
(See the R & D Listing Below)

Remington 1858 Revolver, Stainless Steel. Made by Uberti. Full size reproduction in .44 cal. Standard Remington sights,
Uberti Quality in Stainless Steel requiring minimum maintenance. (Always clean your weapon after firing)
The Remingtons feature an over the cylinder frame strap, and an easier system to change the cylinder than the Colt revolvers. The New Model 1858 Remington Army Revolver was one of the major sidearms of the Civil War and presented the greatest competition for the Colt Model 1860 Army.
Functional Firing Weapon . Please Call

Pistol caps, nipple wrenches and cleaning supplies can be found on our "Firearms Accessories Page"

R & D Drop -In Conversion Cylinder, for stainless steel Remington revolvers.
This is the only 6-shot conversion cylinder available on the market (patented). Features a Marked Empty Chamber for safety. Cylinders are made from 4150 arsenal grade Stainless Steel. Already approved by SASS. Specify the make of your weapon. No FFL is required to ship this product. This selection is for the Uberti Remington shown above. $300.00

1863 Remington Pocket Pistol Small size .31 cal. 5 shot, 3 1/2" barrel. Brass frame pocket pistol. Blued Steel Barrel and Cylinder. Built in loading lever. Easy to load and clean. Very popular with the ladies, and as discreet protection for men. Made By Pietta. Call First

We have an open top belt holster made specifically for this revolver made from black bridle leather. These holsters are usually worn with the butt facing backward. $21.95 Pietta

1863 Remington Pocket Pistol- Nickel
As above, small size .31 cal. 5 shot, 3 1/2" barrel. Brass frame pocket pistol. Nickle plated as per original examples. Built in loading lever. Easy to load and clean.
Made by Pietta. Call First


We have an open top belt holster made specifically for this revolver made from black bridle leather. (See Above). $21.95

Pistol caps, nipple wrenches and cleaning supplies can be found on our "Firearms Accessories Page"

1863 Remington Pocket Pistol- Steel Frame, Blued.
As above, small size .31 cal. 5 shot, 3 1/2" barrel. All Steel frame pocket pistol. Blued as per original examples. Built in loading lever. Easy to load and clean. Popular smaller size for easy concealment. Made by Pietta. Call First


We have an open top belt holster made specifically for this revolver made from black bridle leather. (See Above). $21.95

Pistol caps, nipple wrenches and cleaning supplies can be found on our "Firearms Accessories Page"


Remington Revolving Carbine
, Manufactured by Uberti. This is one of the first muzzle loading revolving carbines. It is different from the revolvers for its easy handling and reliability. About 3,000 models were produced between 1866-1879. .44 Caliber. Barrel is 18" in Length. 7 groove rifling, Left Twist. 6 Shot Cylinder, Octagonal Tapered barrel, Steel Frame, Walnut stock with adjustable sight. Be the first on your block.
. . Please Call
Please Note- these come from Uberti with a hard polyurethane finish on the stock (as shown). The stock is real walnut, not plastic
.


The R & D Conversion Cylinder for Uberti Remingtons will work on this "Carbine" making it the coolest little Remington available. Add one for this purchase. $270.00

LeMat Revolver Designed by Col LeMat. Made By Pietta. These saw use by CS Cavalry forces.
Nine .44 cal rounds and one .20 Gauge Shotgun all in a hand held revolver. These are available in a limited quantity. Checkered walnut grips, Nice blued finish. These have been selling for over $1200.00. Please Call

Please contact us to check on availability.


Army and Artillery models may be available from time to time. Please inquire.


Pocket Derringer.
Brass frame and barrel, .31 caliber single shot derringer. Unique design that opens sideways to access the nipple and to place the #11 cap when loading. Smooth bore barrel approximately 2" long. 5" overall which makes this a very nice vest pocket weapon. White similated ivory grips. For use with Black Powder only. Includes a manual detailing loading, firing and cleaning black powder weapons including this one. $295.00

REVOLVER NOTE. The above revolvers and derringers are all exact copies of the originals. Classified as "Cap and Ball", capable of being loaded and fired with black powder and a lead projectile. These are not classified as a firearm by the ATF, and can be purchased from us by anyone of legal age.
The Non- Firing replicas as listed on the link below, are just that - Non-Firing replicas of revolvers used during the Civil War period. They have functioning actions and hammer mechanisms, but are not capable of being loaded or fired. They are for display purposes only.

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R & D
CONV ERSION CYLINDERS!!-

R & D Drop -In Conversion Cylinder. The original conversions surfaced after the conflict between the States ended in 1865. The new innovation for that time was 'fixed cartridges'. The Federal Government had stockpiles of old style weapons and wanted to change their inventory to this new innovation. The government converted Colt, Remington and Civil War Rifles to cartridge to update their arsenals. The capability available today, modern steel and technology, have contributed to build conversions again. We offer a superior product that looks and functions in the same manner as the manufacturer's original arms were built. Our Five shot patented cylinder chambers .45 Long Colt "Cowboy" ammunition which the original manufacturers were unable to do with their conversions. Only top grade steel is used in the productions of these cylinders 4150 arsenal grade steel for the cylinders and 4140 steel for the top plate. The certified steel in these cylinders offers superior quality and strength to insure safety and durability with their use. THESE CYLINDERS ARE DESIGNED FOR STEEL FRAME REVOLVERS ONLY. Switch from percussion to .45 Long Colt (black powder or smokeless loaded to cowboy specifications) just by changing cylinders. Please note that these are five shot cylinders.
Available for 1858 Remington Revolvers made by Pietta, Uberti, and Ruger Old Army. Steel Frame Revolvers Only. . $270.00
These are SASS Approved

Remington .44 cal - .45 lc

Note!-
The R & D Conversion Cylinders offered by us
are usually hand tooled to order for us.
We therefore may not have the specific R & D Conversion Cylinder
that you desire on the shelf for immediate shipment. It may take some time for delivery depending on the workload at R & D.
Please call for availability.

R & D Drop -In Conversion Cylinder, for stainless steel Remington revolvers.
We are offering the five shot version of this cylinder at this time. Features a Marked Empty Chamber for safety. Cylinders are made from 4150 arsenal grade Stainless Steel. Already approved by SASS. Specify the make of your weapon. No FFL is required to ship this product.
. $300.00


R & D Drop -In Conversion Cylinder, for Remington Old Silver, by Pietta.
"Jewel Cut" engraving on a blued cylinder to harmonize with the engraving on the Old Silver. Detail of the engraving is shown here.
. DISCONTINUED

R & D Drop -In Conversion Cylinder, for Colt 1851 Navy.
Now available for the Colt 1851 Navy .36 Caliber Only! Steel Frame Revolvers Only! This cylinder is a 6- shot conversion cylinder with a firing pin for each chamber. You can switch from cap and ball to center fire ammunition by merely changing the cylinders.
Black powder, or the equivalent Smokeless load, as provided by commercial ammunition companies, are sold under the industry name of "Cowboy Ammunition" in .38 Long Colt. This is the only type of ammunition that should be used with these conversion cylinders.

This R & D Conversion Cylinder is available for Pietta and Uberti 1851 Navy reproductions only
Not Available for the 1851 Colt US Marshall in .44 caliber

SASS Approved
For Colt Revolvers, You must not use the conversion cylinder if the cylinder pin is not tight in the back of the frame. If there is any question- you should seek assistance from a professional gunsmith.
. . . $270.00

R & D Drop -In Conversion Cylinder, for Colt 1860 Army. Uberti Only
Now available for the Colt 1860 Army. Steel Frame Revolvers Only! This New cylinder is a 5- shot conversion cylinder with a firing pin for each chamber. This cylinder also features a Stop Notch in between each chamber that can be used for safety so the hammer is not on a loaded chamber. There are also 5 small cutouts to allow the brass cartridge to be shown in each loaded chamber.
For use with black powder, or the equivalent load, as provided by commercial ammunition companies. Ammo is sold under the industry name of "Cowboy Ammunition" in .45 Long Colt. This is the only type of ammunition that should be used with these conversion cylinders.
This R & D Conversion Cylinder is available for Uberti 1860 Army reproductions ONLY.


These are SASS Approved
For Colt Revolvers, You must not use the conversion cylinder if the cylinder pin is not tight in the back of the frame. If there is any question- you should seek assistance from a professional gunsmith . . $270.00

R & D Drop -In Conversion Cylinder, for
1849 Colt Pocket Revolver, Wells Fargo, or Baby Dragoon Models .

The conversion cylinder for the 1849 Colt Pocket Revolver is no longer available in .32 caliber due to potential safety issues with the current reproductions.

An alternate .22 Conversion for these revolvers is currently in development and may be available in late 2020. This would include an easy to install and uninstall barrell sleeve to accomodate .22 cal.
If you are interested in beiung notified once this conversion is perfected, please let us know.

F or Colt Revolvers, You must not use the conversion cylinder if the cylinder pin is not tight in the back of the frame. If there is any question- you should seek assistance from a professional gunsmith . . Please Inquire


R & D Drop -In Conversion Cylinder, for Colt 1847 Walker.

Now available for the Colt 1847 Walker.

This New cylinder is a 6- shot conversion cylinder with a firing pin for each chamber. This cylinder also features a Stop Notch in between each chamber that can be used for safety so the hammer is not on a loaded chamber. There are also 6 small cutouts to allow the brass cartridge to be shown in each loaded chamber.
For use with black powder, or the equivalent load, as provided by commercial ammunition companies. Ammo is sold under the industry name of "Cowboy Ammunition" in .45 Long Colt. This is the only type of ammunition that should be used with these conversion cylinders.
This R & D Conversion Cylinder is available for the Uberti 1847 Walker reproduction Only .
. $280.00

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We have soft lead round ball ammunition for all of our Black Powder revolvers. These are made by Hornaday and come in boxes of 100.
Recommended ball size per caliber is- .44 cal = .451 ball, .36 cal = .375 round ball.
Per box of 100. $19.95

Revolver Stand, Made from Oak. Great for display, loading or cleaning your favorite Civil War or Cowboy revolver. Holds your revolver horizontal for display, or vertically for display, cleaning or loading. Fits any size weapon. Very nice addition to your collection. $19.95


Pistol Cleaning Kit, Two section rod with cotton swab, bronze brush, and nylon brush. Comes in a handy plastic carrying case. Specify .44 or .36 cal. $21.95


Ballistol Lubricant and Protectant, This is the best stuff on earth. Cleans, lubricates and protects wood, leather, and metal. Click on the link to see what it can do. Eats rust film right off of your musket, and shines up your leather. You will not be disappointed with this product. 16oz Can of liquid. Includes a spray attachment for the top of the can. $19.95

Ballistol is also now available in a 6oz aerosol spray can.
I find this nicer and easier to use than the oil above. 6oz can. $11.95

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Remington Revolvers - History

Two Government Model .45 autos carrying the illustrious name of Remington have served our nation’s armed forces. Would it surprise you to know that one of them was built by a typewriter company which had no experience in building firearms? Here’s the story.

In 1873, E. Remington & Sons embarked on a new venture, and in September of 1873, the first Remington typewriters were produced. While it took them 13 years to figure it out, E. Remington realized that they were a firearms builder and not a typewriter company, and in 1886 Remington sold the typewriter business. This business would later become Remington Rand, then Sperry Rand.

These were difficult times for Remington however, and in March 1888, E. Remington & Sons was acquired by Marcellus Hartley and partners. E. Remington & Sons was reorganized, and the new company was named the Remington Arms Company. In later years, in order to better utilize the potential of the Remington Plant, the company would produce sewing machines and cash registers. (I guess they just couldn’t stay away from the gadgets.) In 1912, The Union Metallic Cartridge Company of Bridgeport and Remington Arms Company were combined into one company and became Remington-UMC, and just in time for World War I.

As the United States was drawn into the war, War Department planners in 1917 estimated that a total of 765,000 pistols would be required. The estimate was later revised upward, first to 1.3 million and then to 2.7 million. There was no way that Colt was going to be able to build that many guns. Orders were placed with Remington-UMC, Winchester, Burroughs Adding Machine Co., Lanston Monotype Machine Co., National Cash Register Co., A.J. Savage Munitions Co., Savage Arms Co., and two Canadian firms, Caron Brothers Mfg. Co., and North American Arms Co., Ltd. Of those firms, only Remington-UMC delivered any meaningful quantity (21,677 of 150,000 ordered). North American did make some pistols, but the total was probably less than 100. Some authorities dispute if North American even completed those.

The Remington-UMC M1911 Pistol

Remington-UMC 1911 Pistol Roll Stamp

The Remington-UMC contract specified a ”target” production rate of 3,000 pistols per day to be reached as soon as possible. The company immediately ran into problems because the necessary production blueprints and specifications were not available. Since interchangeable parts were required, production could not begin until Colt provided drawings. Eventually, a complete set of production drawings and specifications were obtained by Remington-UMC, and the company began to tool up for manufacture of the M1911.

Colt was not being deliberately resistive here. Truth be known, Colt probably didn’t have a complete set of blueprints which would enable another company to quickly tool up and produce pistols. Colt’s manufacturing style in those days relied heavily on the acquired skill and knowledge of the craftsman who worked in their shop, and it is quite likely that many of the “secrets” had never been committed to paper.

The first Remington-UMC pistols were delivered to the government in August 1918, but the company was never able to achieve the desired production rate. The company’s M1911 production contract was cancelled in December 1918, soon after the signing of the Armistice, although production did not actually cease until early 1919. By the end of the war, Remington-UMC had only delivered 13,152 pistols. Total production was only 21,677 pistols when the final deliveries were made in early 1919.

The Remington-UMC M1911s were serially numbered consecutively from 1 through 21,677. The pistols were stamped with inspectors’ initials (either “B” or ”E”). The left sides of the slides were marked with Colt patent dates, the “Remington/UMC” logo arrayed in a circle and “Manufactured by/ Remington Arms UMC Co. Inc./ Bridgeport, Conn., U.S.A.” The left sides of the receivers bore the same “United States Property” markings found on the Colt and Springfield Armory M1911s.

Early production guns should have the “E” stamp on left side of trigger guard, bottom of main spring housing, and back of slide. “E.E.C.” is the mark of Edward E. Chapman who inspected 1911s at Remington in 1918 and 1919.

The Remington-UMC pistols were finished in the same rust blue as was found on the pistols made by Colt and Springfield Armory and were fitted with the same type of checkered walnut stocks. Although the company never achieved the production goals envisioned by the government, the Remington-UMC pistols nevertheless helped arm the Doughboys of the American Expeditionary Force. As was the case with the Colt and Springfield Armory pistols, the vast majority were subsequently rebuilt and refinished after World War I, and few are found today in their original “factory” condition. Surviving examples of all World War I and earlier vintage M1911 pistols in original condition are very rare.

The Remington Rand M1911A1

Remington Rand M1911A1 Pistol

When World War II broke out, Remington-Rand had been a typewriter company for 55 years, and they made a right decent typewriter (I owned one), but they were a long way out of the firearms business. Nevertheless, Uncle Sam needed war material and any number of manufacturers were pressed into service building things that they had never built before for the war effort. But why didn’t Uncle get Remington Arms to build the pistols? The answer is really pretty simple. The War Department needed Remington Arms to do what it did best and that was to produce ammunition. Other folks could crank out the pistols.

Remington Rand was awarded its first order on March 16th, 1942, for a total of 125,000 1911A1 pistols. The company had no experience building pistols at the time it was awarded the contract. Remington Rand formed a new division to take charge of building the pistols. The division formed was designated Remington Rand “C” Division. After winning the contract, they converted a vacant plant once used for building typewriters to the production of M1911A1 pistols. The old plant was located on Dickerson street in Syracuse, N.Y.

The first 255 production pistols where accepted by ordnance inspectors in November of 1942. In the beginning, some manufacturing equipment was still unavailable and this caused Remington Rand to acquire parts from other sources to complete the early pistols. They purchased barrels from High Standard, Colt, and Springfield Armory disconnectors from US&S grips safeties from Colt and slide stops from Colt and Springfield Armory (2,865 left over from WWI).

By March of 1945 they where building the lowest price pistol in the war effort and quality was considered second to none. It is important to note that in March 1943, James Rand, Jr. stopped production due to interchangeability test failures. The guns where not meeting the government requirements for parts interchangeability and had a very high rejection rate. After a change in management, production resumed in May of 1943 with the interchangeability and rejection rate problems solved. By the end of the war Remington Rand had produced over 875,000 pistols, almost twice as many as Colt and Ithaca combined.

The most amazing part of the story is in how many of the Remington Rand pistols are still in service today, 55+ years after they were built by the typewriter company in Syracuse that knew nothing about building guns. Their owners swear by them, and if they haven’t been abused, they’re still solid and dependable pistols. I wish I had a dozen of them.


Remington Revolvers - History

Remington Model 1875 No. 3 Improved Army Revolver

The E. Remington & Sons Model 1875 No. 3 is a six shot, single action (SA), traditional western style revolver with a web under the barrel that invokes the percussion 1858 Remington Army revolver. The 1858 Remington had a solid top strap and the lock-work was accessed from the bottom, by simply removing the trigger guard. A single screw holds the trigger guard in place, so the process is the simplest of any revolver I have ever seen.

There is no doubt the Remington 1858 revolver was ahead of its time. Many shooters from the Civil War era preferred the Remington 1858 to the Colt 1860 Army revolver (they each had advantages and disadvantages) and Remington retained these advanced features when they made the Model 1875, which was basically an updated, centerfire cartridge version of the fine Model 1858.

The Remington Model 1875 "Improved Army or Frontier Revolver" was produced from 1874-1888, with the model first appearing in the 1875 Remington catalog. Interestingly, in the 1875 catalog it was referred to it as the 1874 Model, but this was quickly changed to Model 1875 in the 1876 and subsequent catalogs. 1885 and later Remington catalogs described the Model 1875 as the "New Model Army," rather than the "Improved Army."

Somewhere around 30,000 Model 1875s were probably made. The exact production number is unknown and I have seen guesses ranging from 25,000 to 40,000. Part of the confusion is caused because Remington changed the serial number sequence after about 12,000 revolvers had been produced, starting over with number one.

Unlike a Colt Single Action Army (SAA) revolver or a modern Ruger SA revolver, the Remington 1875 had a one-piece main frame and grip strap. This made for an exceptionally strong assembly.

Frames were blued or nickel plated and the hammer and loading gate were case-hardened. Remington Model 1875 revolvers were never manufactured with color case-hardened frames, although most modern 1875 replicas have this feature.

There was a lanyard ring attached to the bottom of the grip frame. Remington promoted this feature as useful when mounted on horseback.

Most 1875's had 7-1/2 inch round barrels, while a very few late production guns were supplied with 5-3/4 inch barrels. Calibers were .44 Remington, .44-40 and .45 Colt. .45 Colt revolvers had slightly longer cylinders to prevent inserting a .45 Colt cylinder in a .44 caliber frame.

Model 1875 revolvers were supplied with fluted cylinders and most came with smooth, two-piece walnut grips, although checkered grips, ivory grips and pearl grips were available, as was engraving by special order. Examples of beautifully engraved presentation revolvers still exist today and are prized by Remington collectors. (Note photo at top of page.)

Like the Colt SAA (or "Peacemaker"), the 1875's hammer is powered by a long flat-spring inside the grip frame. This is called the mainspring or hammer spring. The Remington 1875 action clicks four times as you cock the hammer, like a Colt SAA. Although they are conceptually similar, the Remington action is different in detail from a Colt.

Early examples had rectangular firing pins integral with the hammer. After about serial number 12,000, replaceable cone shaped firing pins were pinned into the hammer in the manner of a Colt SAA. The shape of the new firing pin evolved as production continued, as did the shape of the hammer. The early model hammer did not have a quarter-cock safety notch.

There were two types of triggers and trigger guards used on Model 1875 revolvers. Other detail changes were also made, as is typical with arms produced for over a decade.

The shape of the front sight changed from a pinched post to a blade. Typical sights consist of a rounded, tapered blade front sight and a small notch cut into the top strap of the frame. These sights are "fine" and harder to acquire than the Patridge type sights found on almost all modern service pistols. The only adjustment possible is to carefully file down the front sight if the gun shoots low.

I agree with the praise for the handling of Remington pattern revolvers from aficionados. As good as a Colt Peacemaker feels in the hand, the Remington has always felt slightly better to me. The shape of the Remington grip, viewed from the bottom, is a bit shorter oval (front to back) than the Colt grip. The Remington revolver is also heavier than a Colt and has a more weight forward balance, probably due to its heavy ejector rod housing and the steel web under the barrel.

Cocking the 1875's hammer is like any traditional SA revolver. As it is thumbed back from its resting position against the frame, the first hammer notch is the quarter-cock "safety" position. This is a deep notch and it holds the hammer about 3/16 inch from the frame, far enough for the firing pin to be well clear of a cartridge in the chamber.

In traditional SA revolvers, such as the Model 1875, this safety notch is not completely safe, as a heavy blow to the hammer hard enough to break either the tip of the sear engaging the notch or the notch itself could allow the firing pin to contact the primer of a cartridge and fire the gun. This is not likely, but it is possible.

Continue to thumb the hammer back and the next notch is half-cock. The half-cock hammer position frees the bolt that locks the cylinder at the bottom and allows the cylinder to turn freely in a clockwise direction. This is the loading and unloading hammer position. The half-cock notch in the hammer is not as secure as the quarter-cock safety notch and should never be used as a safety position.

The final hammer position is full cock, with the hammer held all the way back. With the hammer fully cocked, the tip of the sear engages the full-cock notch. This is a shallow notch only as wide as the sear tip and cut at a right angle to the tip of the sear (itself an extension of the top of the trigger). The tip of the sear and the full cock hammer notch are polished to slide smoothly against each other and only a small trigger movement is required to free the hammer and fire the revolver.

Loading and unloading the 1875 is traditional single action fare. Thumb the hammer back to the half-cock position, which allows the cylinder to rotate freely in a clockwise direction. Swing open the loading gate at the right side of the frame. To load cartridges, rotate the cylinder until a chamber is aligned with the loading port in the recoil shield and insert a cartridge. Repeat the process until the gun is loaded.

The 1875 should be carried with an empty chamber under the hammer. Since the cylinder chambers are not recessed to enclose the cartridge rims, you can verify this by looking through the gap between the back of the cylinder and the frame, where the cartridge rims are visible no rim should show in the chamber aligned with the hammer.

Thumb the hammer back to its half-cock notch to free the cylinder to rotate. Open the loading gate. Rotate the cylinder to align a case head with the loading port in the recoil shield. Point the muzzle skyward. If the chambers are clean, unfired rounds will simply drop into your hand as you rotate the cylinder. It will probably not be necessary to use the ejector rod.

To eject fired cases, slide the spring loaded ejector rod (located beneath the barrel at about the 5-o'clock position) rearward until it pushes the fired case from the cylinder. Release the ejector rod and manually rotate the cylinder to the next chamber. Repeat until all chambers are empty.

REMOVING/INSTALLING THE CYLINDER

I have never had the privilege of owning an original Remington 1875 revolver. However, I have had a reasonable amount of experience with, and in some cases reviewed, Uberti, Cimarron and Navy Arms replicas. The following is based on my experience with these revolvers.

To remove the cylinder for cleaning, first make sure all the chambers are empty. Thumb the hammer back to the half-cock position and open the loading gate. Hold the pistol in your hands with the right side down. Depress the spring-loaded cylinder base pin screw (in the frame in front of the cylinder) and pull the cylinder pin toward the muzzle until it completely clears the cylinder. The cylinder will them simply fall out of the frame into your hand.

Replacing the cylinder: Unlike a Colt or Ruger SA revolver, at least in my experience, when a Remington pattern revolver is at half-cock the hand (the part that rotates the cylinder) does not fully retract into its slot in the recoil shield. At least this is the case with modern replicas. This makes it very difficult to get the cylinder correctly aligned with the cylinder pin.

Here is how to reinstall the cylinder. With the cylinder out of the frame, bring the hammer back to the full cock position. This raises the hand and the bolt. (The bolt locks the cylinder in place). Note the operation of these parts. Lower the hammer to the frame.

Now, holding the revolver in your left hand, thumb the hammer slowly back with your left thumb until the bolt is retracted and the hand is as far into the frame as it goes. Hold the hammer in this intermediate position, between quarter-cock and half-cock, and with your right hand drop the cylinder into the frame jiggle it a bit as necessary to slide the cylinder pin through the cylinder until it locks into place. Bring the hammer back to the full-cock notch and then lower it, close the loading gate and you are finished.

REPRODUCTIONS AND HOLSTERS

Today, the vast majority of surviving Remington 1875s are in the hands of collectors. However, new 1875 reproductions are available from Uberti, Cimarron, Taylor's & Co. and perhaps others.

The Cimarron 1875 Outlaw is made by Uberti and I suspect the Taylor's & Co. version is also. Navy Arms used to market a Uberti made 1875 replica, but no longer does. However, Navy Arms guns are fairly common on the used market.

These modern replicas are made to be used and the Uberti made 1875s I have used, regardless of the importer, have been good shooters. If you purchase one of these, or are lucky enough to own an original Remington in shooting condition, you will probably need a holster in which to carry it.

Fortunately, the 1875 will fit in most holsters intended for SA revolvers with the same length barrel, including the Colt SAA and clones, 1858 Remington percussion revolver, Ruger Vaquero, etc. A widely available nylon belt holster that works well is Uncle Mike's Sidekick Size 9. Reasonably priced leather holsters are offered by Hunter and Oklahoma Leather, among others.

The Remington 1875 Improved Army revolver was perhaps the finest of the frontier six shooters of the late 19th Century. Unfortunately for Remington, their Model 1875 Improved Army came two years after the introduction of the Colt Single Action Army revolver.

Colt having gotten on the ground first, the SAA quickly became so well established that the Remington 1875 was never able to catch-up. The Colt had already been adopted by the US Army by the time the Remington became available, thus depriving Remington of the majority of US government sales. 639 Model 1875s were purchased by the US Interior Department/Commissioner of Indian Affairs for issue to Indian tribal police.

Egypt ordered 10,000 Remington revolvers, but defaulted on the contract, so the guns were never paid for and most, perhaps all, were never shipped. Some Model 1875s were purchased by the Mexican government. The size of the Mexican order is unknown, but is thought to be about 500. Other Remington 1875s were sold to Mexican state police agencies. The great majority of the Model 1875s produced were sold, not to governments, but to private citizens in the US.

Remington was having financial difficulties during the 13 year production life of the Model 1875, mostly brought on by the Egyptian default on a huge contract for Remington Rolling Block army rifles, which were shipped, but never paid for. This was a financial blow from which E. Remington & Sons never really recovered.

Model 1875 production ended in 1888, the year the Company finally went bankrupt and ownership passed from the Remington family. Controlling interest was acquired by Hartley & Graham, one of the largest firearms dealers in the US, in June, 1888 and the Company restyled as Remington Arms Company.

Model 1875 revolvers in stock after the takeover by Hartley & Graham were reworked by shortening the barrel to 5-3/4 inches and removal of the web under the barrel. These became the Model 1888 and were followed by the nearly identical Model 1890. Neither the Model 1888 or the Model 1890 ever achieved anything like the popularity of the Model 1875. However, that is another story.


Guns of the Week: Remington-Smoot

Beginning in the 1850s, E. Remington & Sons sold an array of pocket pistols and revolvers. At the conclusion of the Civil War and during westward expansion, revolver competition was at an all time high. There was a drive for innovation in order to survive as a company.

Remington was one of several manufacturers that focused on the production of pocket pistols and derringers, which ultimately satisfied the concealment needs of late nineteenth-century western society.

Beginning in the 1870s, Remington marketed a new line of small revolvers. They often have been erroneously named Remington New Line Revolvers, even though Remington catalogs marketed them as the Remington-Smoot New Model Revolvers or the Smoot’s Patent New Models.

Pictured is a Remington-Smoot New Model No. 1 Revolver. About 3,000 of this Model were made between 1875 and 1877. It is a five-shot revolver chambered for .30 rimfire short metallic cartridges. The Smoot was a competitor to Colt’s revolvers. This firearm is a part of a Remington Cartridge Gun Loan of 40 pocket pistols.

Unloading the Myth – What’s So Special About Smoot? Part 2 of 3

William Sydney Smoot was an inventor in America who received more than a dozen firearms patents. Smoot was born in 1845 in Norfolk, Virginia. During the Civil War, he was a lieutenant in the First Maryland Infantry as part of the Union. He spent the end of the war as an ordnance officer at Springfield Armory. He resigned from the military in 1870 and began work at Remington the following year.

On October 21, 1873, Smoot was issued Patent Number 143,855, which was awarded for an “Improvement in Revolving Fire-Arms.” Smoot’s patent was unique for two reasons: 1. the frame, barrel, and ejector housing were one piece 2. the revolving recoil shield allowed for the ejector and center pin to work together.

Pictured is a Remington-Smoot New Model No. 2 Revolver. Unlike the No. 1, the No. 2 had a stepped-down ejector rod. Between 1877 and 1885, about 3,000 No. 2s were made. While most were chambered for .32 rimfire short, some, like this one, were made for .30.

Unloading the Myth – A Side Dish to Every Lunch Part 3 of 3

This Remington-Smoot New Model No. 3 Revolver was made between 1878 and 1888 in .38 rimfire short. A little larger than its predecessors, about 25,000 of this model were made.

Several companies have been attributed to having “Lunchbox Specials.” This particular Smoot has no serial number and is believed to have been carried out of the factory in a lunch box for concealment.

We are currently accessioning and condition reporting our loan of 40 guns so that we can get them on display ASAP!


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

What better way to get to the core, you know, the real brass tacks of a firearm than to break it down into the good ole phrase: “The good, the bad, and the ugly.”

That is exactly how we are going to break up this article. This way you can get a look at what makes the Remington Model 700 really shine as well as where it could do just a little bit better, in my opinion, to hopefully give you a better idea of what to look forward to if you are considering adding a Remington 700 to your gun safe anytime soon.

The Good

The Remington 700 is an iconic bolt-action, center-fire rifle that has been a staple of the hunting arena for the past 50 years and still going strong to this day. And it’s really no wonder why or how it has been able to etch out a sport in the history books… and hold it.

For starters, Remington crafts all their firearms with the highest quality materials available, and the Remington Model 700 is not the outlier in that either. You will find triple-layered steel barrels in a variety of sizes, sealed solid wood shoulder stocks, and high-impact polymer frames on the lightweight versions.

Straight out of the box this rifle has the most on-point accuracy that I’ve seen in the same price range from large competitors. That’s all thanks to its internal design which features 3 rings of steel that are locked into the bedding platform that gives you more reliable accuracy than a lot of other rifles on the market currently.

The barrel on every Remington Model 700 is hand-forged from steel and are made to very specific guidelines in an effort to make sure that they are precise and durable enough to hold a steady aim for many years to come.

Since its inception, the Remington 700 has worked hard and built quite the loyal following for itself. So much so that there is a truly massive aftermarket dedicated to just this one rifle. With all the accessories and upgrades developed for this rifle over the years, you will never have to worry about outgrowing your Remington 700 as you can upgrade it and switch it up a bit as your needs change over time. I know people who have owned their Model 700 for 30+ years and even some who have had one passed down to them from their grandparents or fathers.

Since it has such a massive following and is easy to work on, you will never have trouble finding someone who can work on your gun for you. This also means that there is an endless supply of information out there about how to work on the Remington Model 700, enough so that you can do basic work on it yourself with just a day or so of research.

Another major selling point for this rifle is the fact that the Remington Model 700 is trusted and actively used in the line of duty for the military of 6 countries. When you can gain the trust and loyalty of soldiers who must trust this rifle to save their life should the need arise, you know you are doing something right.

Overall, the Remington Model 700 is a very well-built, reliable rifle that comes with a legacy that really speaks for itself.

The Bad

First let’s take a look at one major thing that happened not too long ago, something that has really tarnished the Remington brand as a whole in a lot of people’s eyes…

The Remington Model 700 went through a massive recall back in February 2017. Now, I don’t think I have to tell anyone who may be reading this blog that Remington is a HUGE firearms manufacturer, and an extremely popular one at that.

Beyond that, the Model 700 is by far the most popular rifle out there to this day. So, you can only imagine how many rifles were involved in this recall. The number is somewhere around 8 million.

The reason for the recall was due to some excess bonding agent used in the assembly process being left on the XMP trigger that the Remington 700 features. This excess bonding agent was thought to be responsible for allowing the firearm, under certain circumstances, to unintentionally discharge.

The rifles included in this recall would be any that were manufactured from May 1, 2006, to April 9, 2014.

However, Remington eventually did the most responsible thing they could do in this situation, they admitted they had found a common problem, and then issued the safety recall. If you happen to have a Model 700 made between those dates you can send your rifle into Remington and they will inspect it, clean it, test it, and return it to you for free.

The second thing that I have personally found out about my own Remington Model 700 that I really don’t care much for has to do with a feed rail issue. Sometimes I can be out hunting large game and need to get ammo fed quickly to pull off that one shot. If I am too quick, or loading under stress, the cartridge seems to love getting stuck under the feed rail of the receiver and the magazine.

It’s because of this issue that in the past year or so I have been carrying a couple different push feed hunting rifles around with me whenever I go out on a day trip.

The Ugly

You know how I said that there is a massive aftermarket for the Remington 700? Be glad it’s there because the Remington Model 700 is a basic rifle when it comes to aesthetics.

Let me be clear before I talk myself into a hole here, I really like this rifle. It is well-built, has passed the test of time many times over, and my Remington 700 has never let me down in the 16 years I’ve owned it. But, I have never cared much for the look of most of the versions of this rifle.

There are indeed some versions of the model that are absolutely gorgeous. However, fresh out of the box, the basic models like the Model 700 CDL SF or the Model 700 American Wilderness Rifle just aren’t that super-impressive. They are your standard plain-jane style rifle with maybe a few eye-catching designs here and there.

There are a few models like the ADL – 200 th Anniversary Edition that are designed with a little more attention to detail on the woodwork and the like. It’s those simple little things that can make a rifle truly stand out from the rest in terms of eye-catching design.

When it comes time to buy your Remington 700, don’t let the aesthetics get in the way of making a good purchase. Visual appeal is a nice thing to have and gives you something else about your rifle to be proud about, but your rifles true merit does not lie in its eye-candy factor, it’s all about how well it performs for you.

And to be quite honest, with all that open real estate on your gun, you have a lot of wiggle room to customize it the way you want. Just throw a decent rifle scope on that plain barrel and you will begin to see what I mean.

Overall, Remington has a nice selection of variations for the Model 700 but most of them are very plain and basic, so you may want to consider adding some aftermarket parts over time unless you enjoy a minimal, sleek look.


Used Remington 870s to Look For and Some to Avoid

Remington 870s come in a variety of configurations, like this SPS Super Mag Turkey Predator model. It’s easy to find one for any kind of hunting, target shooting, or self-defense. Remington

Any time you make 11,000,000 plus of anything, there are bound to be some hits and misses. The following is a highly subjective list of 870s to seek out and to avoid. I have owned more than a few, shot a bunch more, and have my opinions.

Remington 870s to Avoid

Early 20 Gauges

Early 20-gauge 870s were made by putting 20 gauge barrels on 12-gauge receivers. Look for guns with “LW” stamped on the frame if you want a scaled-down, lighter 20.

All 16-Gauges

All 16-gauge 870s are made on 12-gauge frames. Granted, that frame was originally borrowed from the 16-gauge 11-48, but still, all you get is a gun that weighs the same as a 12 but only shoots 16-gauge shells. If you want a real, scaled-down 16-gauge pump, find an Ithaca 37.

Expresses of a Certain Vintage

Sometime in the early 00s, 870 Express quality control slipped. The most common problem you see in those guns is fired shells sticking in poorly finished chambers, most often with inexpensive target loads. Many 870 Express owners have their gun’s chambers polished, or do it themselves with fine steel wool and an electric drill, and the malfunctions usually go away. Replacing the metal injection molded (MIM) extractor can help, too.

Remington has ramped up QC efforts in the past few years, and the new Expresses are much better than those of ten or so years ago.

Remington 870s to Look For

Special Field

In the 1980s Remington introduced a straight-gripped, 21-inch (some were 23-inch) barreled upland gun in 12 and 20 gauge called the Special Field. It made a great carrying gun for bird hunters who put a lot of miles on their boots. Some of the later ones had removable choke tubes, and I’d love to have one for turkey hunting.

Competition Trap

One of the odder 870 variants was a single shot trap gun that incorporated a gas system. Gases bled from a port in the barrel pushed against a weight in the magazine tube, lengthening the recoil pulse and turning it from a sharp kick to a shove. I got to shoot one once, and the sensation was odd, because 870 trap guns usually let you know they’re there. Not this gun. It shot as softly as an 1100.

SuperSlug

Currently in production, the SuperSlug has a heavy, rifled barrel pinned to its receiver for added rigidity, and it shoots slugs into groups as tiny as slug groups can be. The ShurShot stock, a kind of modified pistol grip, is comfortable to hold and has a comb the correct height for scope use.

90s Era Wingmaster

For my money, the sweet spot in 870 production—if you want a modern, versatile gun—was the early 90s. When Remington first added RemChoke tubes in 1986, they beefed up the barrels, adding a bunch of weight to the guns. In 1992 they offered a slimmed-down Light Contour barrel that made the guns lively again. These early 90s guns are still made the way they used to make them, but you get choke tubes and the lighter barrel.

Almost Any Old Wingmaster 1963-1985

In 1963 Remington changed the finish on the Wingmaster, from a semi-satin with cut checkering to a glossy finish originally developed by parent company DuPont for bowling pins. They switched checkering to a pressed fleur-de-lis pattern. I thought they looked cheesy back then. And they do, but in a retro way that has aged extremely well. And, those old fixed-choke Wingmasters are beautifully made. The barrels are light and lively. The actions started out slick and have only gotten slicker over all those years of use. These guns come in both 2¾ and Magnum versions (the barrels don’t interchange between standard and magnum receivers). The magnums are getting a little harder to come by. If you see one, grab it. If it has a fixed Full choke, have a gunsmith open it up to about Modified and shoot anything you want through it.