REMINGTON M1863 PERCUSSION “ZOUAVE” RIFLE

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Item Code: 5-92

This is a Model 1863 “Zouave” rifle produced by the Remington arms firm of Ilion New York between 1862 and 1865. Approximately 12,500 such rifles were produced and the pattern rates as one of the best made and designed military arms of the Civil War era even though the great majority were never issued to the troops.

The “Zouave” rifle measures 49” long with a 33” round barrel. This .58 caliber, single shot percussion muzzleloader has a bright and spotless bore with sharp seven-groove rifling. Barrel exhibits a dark pewter gray coloring on a smooth surface with no evidence of pitting overall. A two-leaf rear sight and a blade front sight rest atop the barrel while a large bayo lug is welded to the right side for the saber bayonet. There is some wear at the muzzle probably from attaching a bayonet. Barrel breech shows the strong proofmarks “V / P / eaglehead” in addition to the date “1863” on the top breech area. Left facet of the barrel shows sub-inspector marks “HSL” and “STEEL”.

The lockplate exhibits same patina as the barrel. The spread-winged eagle under the bolster and “REMINGTON’S / U.S. ILION, N.Y.” under the eagle. Lower portion of eagle and bottom line of text is worn. Date “1863” remains sharp behind the hammer. Mechanics are crisp and strong.

Brass furniture includes the “US” marked butt plate, trigger guard, two barrel bands, nose cap, and a patch box, which still has the original spare nipple inside. Brass exhibits only light patina.

Walnut stock is in very good condition with usual small dings and dents from storage. Two government cartouches on the flat opposite the hammer and several small sub-inspector marks on parts. Original ramrod with the tulip head and threaded tip. Two steel sling swivels at the triggerguard and upper band. A very nice original “Zouave” rifle.  [jet]

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