SOLD FOR: $3913.08
Model: 1875 Single Action Army
Serial Number: 847
Year of Manufacture: 1875-1889, Antique
Caliber: .44-40 WCF (Black Powder Only)
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 “847”. The top of the barrel is marked “E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y. U.S.A.” from muzzle to frame. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “44”. The interior of the left grip panel is hand inscribed “ANTES”. The name of a previous owner has been inscribed on the butt of the grip frame, the first name is “John” and the last name is difficult to decipher. Out best guesses as to the last name are as follows: Lannesville, Lannerville, Lunnerville, Lunnesville, Lunneville, Linneville, Lanneville.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a shallow “U” notch in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth bone. There are cracks, most notable on the right panel at the bottom-rear corner and on the bottom faces of both panels. There are some chip losses, most notable on the right panel along the back edge at the top and on both panels by the indexing pin. There are some scattered light scuffs and handling marks. There are some scattered little scratches and handling marks. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition as Antique.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dull and the rifling is sharp where not interrupted by erosion. There is pitting scattered throughout the bore. In my opinion, this bore is a 5 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 65% of its metal finish. The cylinder is bright steel, all the finish has been lost, likely intentionally polished. A secondary grip indexing pin has been added to the grip frame on the backstrap toward the top to securely hold the grips. There are some scattered areas of finish loss, some have erosion and others have scattered discoloration from previous oxidation. There are some scattered scuffs, scratches, and areas of cloudy finish. There are some scattered handling marks. There is a turn line on the cylinder. The screwheads display light tool marks. The markings are legible. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition as an Antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with some side-to-side movement. 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 1875 Single Action Army is basically 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, their production release was two years too late, and Colt had already established their 1873 SAA, with large orders from the Army and civilian populace. Ordinary citizens and Old West lawmen alike recognized the sturdy quality of the new Remington revolvers but they never caught fire like the competing Colt. While a great gun, the lackluster market performance resulted in not many of these revolvers being made making it a nice piece for collectors of Remingtons and Antiques. I have come across a few of these rare Remingtons in the past few months, but this one is by far the nicest, from the amount of finish remaining, the mechanics, and the grips it is adorned with, this one is surely a find. It is stunning and has a lot of finish left, paired with the grips it is a sight to behold and will improve any collection lucky enough to have it! Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!