1858 Remington Revolver

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Nate6522
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1858 Remington Revolver

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Good morning, I was wanting to see if you could provide any information on a Remington 1858 that I have come into possession of.

The serial number of my revolver is 53923. This number is clearly visible under the grip, and I can only make out the 539 under the barrel.

Any information on this particular revolver would be greatly appreciated. In addition, is there a formal letter that can be put together that I can keep with this revolver to pass down later?
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aardq
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Re: 1858 Remington Revolver

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Hi Nate,

Welcome to the RSA forum. What caliber is the gun? If 44, it is a New Model Army, aka, model 1863, and was made in May of 1863. If it is a 36 caliber, it is a New Model Navy, and was made in Sept. of 1863. The two models were numbered separately. The Army had a slightly longer barrel, and from the photos, I suspect that it is an Army Model.

The serial number should also be on the tab of the trigger guard.

The photos weren't clear enough to see any inspector's marks on the gun, or the left grip. The marks on the various parts will be a single initial. The mark on the left grip will be 2 or 3 letters inside an oval. The inspector's marks mean that the gun was bought by the US Government. No marks means that it was sold on the civilian market.

There are no known Remington factory records, so there is no way to know any history of the gun, other than month and year manufactured, thus no letter is possible.

Enjoy your new acquisition.

Dan
Nate6522
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Re: 1858 Remington Revolver

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Thank you for the reply. There is a W stamped on the trigger guard and a very faint W on the side. I could not find any serial number on the trigger guard other than that one W stamp. There is no clearly visible marks on the grips. Even the roll marking on top of the barrel is almost completely worn down. Additionally, the revolver is a .44 caliber.
aardq
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Re: 1858 Remington Revolver

Post by aardq »

Hi Nate,

Now you have a good idea that the gun was a government purchase. The number on the trigger guard tab is on the inside, so the TG must be removed. The inspector's cartouche on the left grip often is worn away. Since it's a 44, it just had it's 127th birthday! :wink:

Dan
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