SOLD FOR: $1636
Model: 1858 New Model Army
Serial Number: 92261
Year of Manufacture: 1864-1865, Antique (“Civil War Pistols of The Union” by John D. McAulay)
Caliber: .44 Caliber Ball
Action Type: Percussion Cap and Ball Single Action Revolver
Markings: There are a host of inspection marks. The left side of the loading lever, side of the cylinder at the front, and left of the frame at the forcing cone are marked “C”. The left side of the barrel at the frame and bottom of the trigger guard are marked “D”. The bottom of the barrel in front of the loading lever retainer is marked “Y”. The side of the cylinder at the rear, right side of the barrel at the frame, and right side of the frame at the forcing cone are marked with “H”. The rear of the cylinder is marked “P”. The top of the barrel is marked “PATENTED SEPT. 14. 1858 / REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A. / NEW-MODEL”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “92261”. The left side of the grip frame is marked “T” and “92261”. The left grip has a cartouche, it appears to be “BH” but has some light wear. The bottom face of each grip panel is stamped “D”. The inside of the grip panels are marked “92261” in pencil.
Barrel Length: 8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a mortised post fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notch at the end of a groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth walnut. There is some loss on bottom corners, most noticeable on the left panel at the bottom front corner. There is some material loss on the right panel where the front strap widens into the frame. There are some scattered scratches, scuffs, draglines, and compressions. There are some oil stains. There are no cracks. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Brass Trigger Guard
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright and the rifling is mostly sharp where not interrupted by erosion. There is scattered moderate pitting in the bore with some scattered erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 45% of its metal finish. The finish has scattered spots of light scabbing, oxidation, discoloration from previous oxidation, light pinprick erosion, and some minor scratches. There are some scattered dings, the most noticeable are on the left of the barrel and left recoil shield. There is a coat of patina and mottled thinning. There is finish loss on the edges. The screwheads display tool marks with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Good condition as an Antique
Mechanics: The action does not function correctly, the cylinder can turn with the hammer cocked. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver will ship with information regarding its owner, Col. Carl Elliot Lundquist, including photos, partial resume, images of command patches, images of medals received, and a signed letter from family member Cynthia Lundquist.
Our Assessment: This firearm comes from the personal collection of Col. Carl Elliot Lundquist, whose distinguished military career spanned 30 years, starting with his 1927 graduation from West Point to his retirement as Colonel in 1957. In 1945, he commanded forces that would see to the ultimate destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Division—”Nord”—in the final months of World War II. He passed away in 1980. The Remington 1858 Army revolver was a sidearm used by the Union during the Civil War. The US government ordered a large number of revolvers due to a fire at the Colt factory that shut down their production of the 1860 Army Revolver. Not only was this type of revolver used in the Civil War but it found itself being used in the American West. This single action six-shot revolver is known for having a solid design and being very reliable due to its solid frame unlike the competing open tops. The solid frame design gave it an advantage over the competing Colt models, and it is said Civil War soldiers were known to trade their Colts for Remingtons after the war after seeing the differences firsthand. Buffalo Bill Cody carried a New Model Army throughout the Indian Wars and his show appearances, and never converted it to cartridge use, which is a testament to the popularity of this revolver. The New Model Army is commonly called the Model 1858 because of its patent date on the barrel, but it was not actually produced until 1863, the 1861 Old Model having preceded it. The design became one of the most beloved cap and ball designs and has such a good design and fan following that reproduction houses have been making replicas for decades. Here is your chance to pick up the real thing, with the inspection marks, this is a phenomenal Civil War revolver to add to a Civil War or Remington collection and one cannot be complete without an 1858. This one was owned by a true warrior and patriot, and the high-bid will grant the winner a true piece of American history. Please see our photos and good luck!