SOLD FOR: $1990
Model: 1890 Single Action Army
Serial Number: 1087
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 scattered little nicks and scuffs. The grips have worn smooth and some of the checkering is now gone. There are some scattered nicks and scratches. The grips have a bit of rotational movement. The grips rate in about Good-Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued, Now Patina & Bright
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark with sharp rifling is almost invisible. There is scattered erosion and pitting. The front screw of the ejector rod housing is visible in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains less than 5% of its metal finish and the metal is now bright with areas of patina. The right side of the base of the ejector rod housing has cracked at the frame. There are scattered areas of erosion and deep pitting. There are some scattered areas of scabbing and discoloration from previous oxidation. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs, and scratches. There are scattered light handling marks. The screw heads are tool marked. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Good condition.
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.
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 revolvers. Please see our photos and good luck!