SOLD FOR: $2600
Model: 1890 Single Action Army
Serial Number: 1156
Year of Manufacture: 1890-1894, Antique
Caliber: .44-40 WCF
Action Type: Single Action Revolver
Markings: The left side of the grip frame is marked with the serial number under the grips. The rear of the loading gate is marked with the serial number but a portion is obscurred. The top of the barrel is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION, N.Y”. The left of the frame is marked “.44 C.W.F.”.
Barrel Length: 5 3/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter-round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch at the end of a groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The smooth grips are checkered black hard rubber with “RA. Co.” monograms at the tops. There is a repaired crack on the bottom of the right panel. There is a lanyard ring mounted to the butt of the grip frame. There are some little marks and light compressions on the grips, most noticeable on the right panel. The checkering is strong but has rub wear. The grips have a bit of rotational movement. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dull with sharp rifling where not interrupted by erosion. There is scattered erosion and pitting.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 0% of its metal finish. The metal has been treated with cold blue but it is old and has worn off. The finish has been lost and there are some scattered little spots of erosion on the metal. There are some scattered spots of oxidation, discoloration from previous oxidation, and some light scabs. There are a few scuffs and dings. There is a turn line on the cylinder. There is a light mottled discoloration, most noticeable on the barrel. The screwheads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action DOES NOT function correctly, putting the hammer to half-cock does not allow the cylinder to free-spin. The action otherwise functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Our Assessment: The 1890 SAA is an upgrade on the Remington 1875 SAA, itself a cartridge version of the Remington 1858 New Model Army which was very popular during and after the Civil War for its sturdiness and ease of disassembly. Unfortunately for Remington, the production release for the 1875 was two years too late, and Colt had already established their 1873 SAA, with large orders from the Army and civilian populace. The 1875 revolver never saw commercial success and even though not many were made they decided to upgrade it and made the 1890. The 1890 was their best single action but the advent of smokeless powder closed its history. Only 2,020 of the 1890 were made so it makes for a great piece for the collectors of Remingtons and American revolver. Please see our photos and good luck!