Sold For: $1,125.00
Make: E. Remington & Sons
Model: Joseph Rider Magazine Fed Model
Serial Number: NSN
Year of Manufacture: 1871-1888
Caliber: .32 Extra Short Rimfire
Action Type: Single Action, Removable Tube Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “E. REMINGTON & SONS ILION, NY / RIDERS PAT. AUG. 15TH 1871”. The frame has beautiful scroll engraving as photographed.
Barrel Length: Approximately 3 1/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded half-moon blade that is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a hole in the hammer.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth varnished walnut on a birds head style grip frame. Most of the varnish is worn off on the left panel, it looks like some touch up varnish may have been applied, the right panel has spots of missing varnish. Both panels are free of major damages with some small dings and scrapes. The grips rate in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark in patches, we believe it to be persistent fowling, we were able to remove a bit of this fowling and found spots of pin prick and light pit erosion, the rifling is highly defined.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The underside of the magazine tube and hammer checkers have dark erosion. There are spots of dark erosion in smaller and lighter form found sprinkled on the surfaces along with some general handling wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Joseph Rider pocket pistol was made from 1871-1888, in the prime of America’s westward expansion. Popular for its magazine fed action and exposed hammer system, it was a cherished tool for those who were savvy enough to have this cutting edge technology. Retaining about 85% of its nickel finish, sporting nice scroll engraving and nice walnut stocks, we can’t help but see this in the coat pocket of a gambling gentleman or in the purse of a classy prairie lass in a town saloon. This should be a welcomed addition to any collection.