SOLD FOR: $1501
Make: Navy Arms
Model: Replica Remington Model 1858
Serial Number: 12818
Year of Manufacture: 1970, Italian date code “XXVI”, ATF Antique
Caliber: .44 Caliber Cap & Ball
Action Type: Single Action Percussion Revolver
Markings: The barrel, frame, loading arm, cylinder, trigger guard and grip frame have all been ornately engraved. The top of the barrel is also marked “NAVY ARMS CO. RIDGEFIELD N.J. – ITALY”. The left side of the barrel is marked “CAL. 44”. The bottom of the barrel is marked with Italian proof marks, date code “XXVI” and “366”. The cylinder also has 2 Italian proof marks. The engraved grip base also has the serial number “12818”.
Barrel Length: 7 3/4“
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the muzzle end of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V”-notch integral to the rear end of the top-strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two piece smooth wood panels screwed into the grip frame. There are very few handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. There is some discoloration on the grip straps which appears to be from the grips’ finish, possibly indicating that they have been refinished. The grips rate is about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue, Brass and Coin
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are minor handling marks and thinning of the finish, primarily unders the barrel. The pistol is ornately engraved over most of the frame, cylinder and barrel. There is some discoloration in the grip straps which appears to be from the grips’ finish. Please see our photos. The screw heads are well defined and only have a few scratches. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Fine to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with barely perceptible play on each chamber. 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 pistol comes in a nice wooden box with brass hinges. The box has some scuffing and dings from storage wear. The bottom of the box has a fabric lining to prevent sliding on a smooth surface. The inside of the box is lined with a soft green fabric and is compartmentalized. A small circular container labeled percussion caps is taped shut and in a compartment. Other compartments hold a powder flask and a brass Colt-style bullet mold.
Our Assessment: This Navy Arms replica of the Remington Model 1858 is a .44 caliber single-action percussion revolver. Remington’s Model 1858 had a feature that made it stand out compared to revolvers that their competitor Colt was manufacturing at the time, a top-strap. The revolver was initially a supplementary issue firearm in the U.S. military, but when the Colt factory burned down in 1864 it replaced the Colt model 1860 Army as the US military’s main sidearm. This ornately engraved pistol and its accessories will make a beautiful decorative piece to any office or study. Good luck in your bidding!