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REMINGTON “NEW MODEL ARMY” .44 CALIBER REVOLVER – US MARTIAL WITH MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS - NICE SOLID SPECIMEN:  This is a very solid example of the New Model Remington Army .44 Caliber Pistol which is well marked with legible US Ordnance Department inspector stamps.    

Although showing evidence of use, this New Model still presents very well and is mechanically very sound.  The finish is an overall evenly aged gray patina.  The surfaces and edges are still sharp and distinct with no evidence of heavy refinishing or polishing.   There is scattered minor pitting on the barrel and forward sides of the frame ahead of the cylinder, with less pitting on the rear of the frame and hammer and the back strap is overall smooth.  The cylinder is overall smooth with some minor frosting, clean chambers, and all of the original cones are intact without any significant peening or deforming.  The bore is very good, with strong rifling throughout and it is quite bright with only scattered patches of minor pitting.  The revolver’s mechanics are very good to excellent.  The cylinder indexes properly and the hammer-trigger function is very crisp.   

The matching serial number – 83804 – is present and fully legible on the grip frame and the rear of the cylinder, and partially legible on the underside of the barrel.  The Remington two line address and patent information is present on the top barrel flat and it is fully legible.  The barrel, frame, cylinder, brass trigger guard, and loading lever all bear the proper inspectors’ initials – all confirming that this was indeed a US Army issued pistol.   

This serial number falls within a range of Remington New Model Army Pistols known to have been in the possession of Co I of the 5TH Illinois Volunteer Cavalry in 1865.  While not an exact match to any particular issue record, this close proximity to documented issues confirms this range of Remingtons were in the hands of the troops during the Civil War. 

The grip panels were replaced at sometime during the life of the pistol. They fit well and retain a nice bright finish and their full form with no significant handling marks and no splits or other damage.  

Overall, this is a very respectable Remington New Model Army and would be a good representative example of one of the key revolvers of the Civil War and the early Indian War Cavalry.  (0139)  $1175


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