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Item #R1875 SOLD
Model 1875 Remington Single Action Army ("Improved Army" or "Frontier Army")
About This Antique Remington Firearm:
This is an early .44-40 (WCF) / Serial Number 539.
This all original solid single action revolver is solid and in fantastic condition through-out. It comes from the Roy Rogers Museum collection. This 1875 sports walnut grips and blued finish in excellent condition with a lanyard ring mounted on the butt. It has a 7 and 1/2 inch round barrel and holds six shots. The caliber (44-40, or 44 Winchester) is marked on the left grip "44W". The maker is marked on the top of the barrel: "E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y. U.S.A."
The Remington 1875 was manufactured between 1875 and 1879. The serial number is located under the grips in the frame. This piece is from the series produced after the first 13,000 - (it is one of fewer than 2,000 that were made after the initial batch). These second few manufactured were vastly superior in that they were fitted with a safety notched trigger which prevented accidental firing if the gun were dropped, which was a serious hazard with the first and larger production batch. Serious enough that many would only load 5 rounds of the six and keep the empty round in the first position under the firing pin. Another difference was the caliber, which had been a proprietary Remington 44 Center Fire. 10,000 of the first production 13,000 were ordered by Egypt but never shipped, as the country was arrears in payments to the Remington company for other orders.
The Remington Single Action Army was the direct competitor to the Colt though not produced in as many numbers or for as long. There were many for whom this was the weapon of choice, among them are Buffalo Bill Cody (whose piece is in the Cody Museum with a hand-written note by Cody "It never failed me." and by the outlaws Frank and Jesse James. The Remington 1875 SAA was also carried by the agents who murdered Chief Sitting Bull. The 1875 has been featured in numerous films, including Ned Pepper, played by Robert Duvall in the most recent version of True Grit and carried by Bruce Dern in the western "Will Penny". The Remington 1875 SAA was Sheriff Seth Bullock's firearm throughout the series "Deadwood".
An iconic and rare original museum piece of Western history, movie and folklore, inextricably woven into the fabric of the Old West. The auction documentation of sale will be provided with the purchase.
Remington 1875 Early Model / Item #R1875 SOLD
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