REMINGTON NEW MODEL NAVY, 1870s CONVERSION TO .38 RIMFIRE FOR THE COMMERCIAL MARKET IN ABOUT FINE CONDITION

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Item Code: 490-3034

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This revolver is a Remington New Model Navy, serial number 41269 with the additional Remington bench number 449 applied during its alteration to an “Improved Navy Revolver.” The Navy stopped acquisition of the older pattern revolver after December 1865 at about number 36,000 but production, or at least assembly, went on for a time, extending the serial number range of the percussion revolver to about 42,000 in Ware’s estimate. This was obviously made toward the end of the production run and was among several thousand still in company hands that were altered to metallic cartridge use by Remington in the 1870s after the White patent encompassing bored-through cylinders expired in 1869.

The revolver rates near fine for condition with 30 percent or better thin blue on the barrel, stronger color on the loading/ejector assembly, a mix of thin blue and plum on the cylinder and frame, with the latter showing some case color, as does the hammer. The triggerguard shows traces of silver. The grip and butt straps show plum. The grips are excellent, have a tight fit, very good color and finish, and have good edges. As is correct, they do not have government inspection marks.

The conversion employed a base ring with loading gate and installation of an ejector. The guns were cleaned and refinished by the factory in the process. The barrel address is very good, though the “NEW MODEL” stamp of the third line is rubbed from the cleaning process. The barrel shows thinning blue with some rubbing along the edges and a slight shift toward plum. The cylinder blue on the rear two-thirds is good, but does show a drag line across the stops.

We show two period illustrations, borrowed from Ware, of these pistols and it is interesting to note that even in some ads for their Army revolvers the company pictured a Navy with a hinged loading gate like this one. This would be a great addition to a display of early western revolvers, cartridge conversions, or Remington variations. Please see our other offerings for some more nice Remingtons.  [sr] [ph:L]

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