1863 Remington New Army .44 with grip notches

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jduley2001
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1863 Remington New Army .44 with grip notches

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Early in 2020 I purchased four Civil War revolvers from a third generation owner of a local gun shop. He had found these four revolvers in a drawer and had no idea if his father or grandfather took them in. They were dust covered from sitting in the gun shop. Two were .44 New Army models, one of which had the German silver front sight post. One was a Navy .36 caliber and the last was a Manhattan Navy .36 Caliber.

All were taken apart and cleaned well and while doing so I discovered that one of the New Army revolvers had six notches cut into the inside of the grips when they were removed. The notches could represent anything from war use to shooting tin cans, but the logic of putting notches on the inside of grips is notable. If you were taken prisoner of war and you had six notches on the exterior of your revolver, then you might well be the seventh notch. This revolver maintains approximately 60% of it's original bluing, and appears to have been well taken care of. The serial number of the revolver are written in pencil on both inside halves of the grips. The revolver is 100% matching.

I have shot three of the four revolvers with the New Army talked about above to be the last to be shot.

Has anyone ever encountered notches on the grips of their Civil War revolvers? :?:
dieNusse1
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Re: 1863 Remington New Army .44 with grip notches

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The first question is whether or not they have military inspection/acceptance marks. Photos and S/Ns would be helpful.
jduley2001
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Re: 1863 Remington New Army .44 with grip notches

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The acceptance cartouche is on the left grip, faint. S/N 46686 See attached photographs.
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aardq
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Re: 1863 Remington New Army .44 with grip notches

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Hi jdudley,

No idea about the 3 lines, they can mean what ever you want them to mean. Never heard of notches on the inside of the grips, and notches usually aren't that long. That requires removing the grips and risk loosing the screw. The screw head doesn't look like it's been messed with so maybe a correct screwdriver was used?

Your serial was made in April of 1864. Send the serials of the other Rems and I'll look up the dates. The "pinched" front sights started in late 63 at the Ordnance Dept.'s request.

That is a nice gun, enjoy it.

Daniel
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Re: 1863 Remington New Army .44 with grip notches

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Nice gun +1
nice gun +1
Nice gun +1
+1
Mattmatt61720
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Re: 1863 Remington New Army .44 with grip notches

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She’s certainly a beaut... I would surmise that the grip notches or lines inside the grips were for a common soldier, who may not know how to read or write, let alone recognize numbers to indicate that it was, his gun. “hey man, take off the grips, I’ve got three lines inside mine” purely speculation... That being said if I was a type of guy who notched his handgun for kills, I would want it to show it and be asked the question. Again, purely speculation. I have a Colt 1850 that has three notches on the grips it’s a civilian model, I assume they are Indian kills, based on the time and location of the gun as well and some writings from the original owner. He was a 49er who actually discovered golden, and had five generations of mines. I was smart enough to acquire this piece out of pure dumb luck ! Sorry Daniel, I had to mention Colts at least once on this forum….
aardq
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Re: 1863 Remington New Army .44 with grip notches

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Well Matt,

There is a $5 fine for using the "C" word in this forum. For each and every use! Send your $10 fine money to the RSA Treasurer. Be warned, if you persist in using the "C" word, the fine will be increased!! ; )

Daniel
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