SOLD FOR: $1771.51
Model: 1871 Army Rolling Block
Serial Number: 661
Year of Manufacture: 1872-1877
Caliber: .50 Caliber Centerfire
Action Type: Single Shot Rolling Block Pistol
Markings: The left side of the frame is marked “REMINGTON’S ILION N.Y. U.S.A. / PAT. MAY. 3D NOV. 15TH 1864 APRIL 17TH 1866”, “P”, and “S”. The left side of the backstrap is marked “801” and “661”. The left side of the front strap is marked “801”. The pistol grip is marked “661” under the frontstrap. The left side of the grip has a “C.R.S.” cartouche.
Barrel Length: 8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notch in a rise in the breech block.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth walnut. There are some scattered compressions, draglines, light dings into the finish, and some light scratches. The defects on the wood have colored with age. The grips rate in about Very Good-Fine overall condition as antique.
Type of Finish: Blued Barrel with Case Color Frame
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. There are some scattered little nicks and dings on the barrel. The barrel has some scuffs and marks that have thinned the finish and taken on discoloration. There are some small spots of oxidation on the barrel. The barrel has some streaks of thinning. The frame has some thinning on the edges, scattered spots of light oxidation, and a few little nicks and dings. There is thinning on the grip frame. The frame has generally strong case color. The screwheads display light tool marks. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition as an Antique
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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: None.
Our Assessment: The Remington Rolling Block action was one of the companies most successful and was exported around the world and used by countless militaries even after more modern alternatives were available. The action was so simple and rugged that they were virtually impossible to wear out. While commonly encountered in rifle form, this is an 1871 U.S. Army pistol. The 1871 was an improvement to the 1867 and the main upgrades were a firing pin retractor, rotating case extractor, 8″ barrel, larger front sight, and an improved grip frame. This is a great example of a 1871 Army and a Rolling Block that we do not see to many of, it will be a great addition to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!