Sold For: $1,535.00
Make: E. Remington & Sons
Model: 1875 Single Action Army
Serial Number: The left of the grip frame is marked “74”, according to Flayderman’s, this might have actually been a batch number instead of a serial number, as a lot of 3 digit and lower items have been recorded, far too many for the total production range of about 25,000-30,000 (Page 170).
Year of Manufacture: 1875-1889, in about the middle of this range.
Caliber: .44-40 W.C.F. Black Powder
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single Action, Side-Gate Loaded, Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y. U.S.A.”, the left of the grip frame is marked “74”, also seen on the rear of the loading gate and trigger guard hook. The left of the frame is marked “44”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter-round blade, fixed to the barrel, the top of the frame is ‘pinched’ and produces a shallow “U” sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are sanded walnut panels, showing some gaps in fit to the grip straps. There is a small filler repair on the right butt. The other areas have scrapes and gouges, please see our pictures. The grips rate in Fair to Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel Plated
Finish Originality: The finish is original.
Bore Condition: The bore is mid gray with worn rifling, there are patches of surface erosion. The bore was improved with a scrubbing, though it may improve further with a thorough soaking.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 62% of its current metal finish. There is heavy holster wear on the surfaces, past the plating, showing bare, dark metal, a positive sign that the finish is original; the markings are still highly retained, as is the metal to metal fit. The cylinder and frame have spots of pitting and heavy rubbing. Thin wispy scuffs are seen on most areas, dings and gouges are seen on the barrel. The screw heads have strait slots and are highly serviceable. The markings are clear, some are still raised and crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Good Plus to Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The cylinder can be turned by hand in full lockup. The hammer has a weak mainspring but does the job and the cylinder does advance. 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: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remington_Model_1875 “Remington Model 1875 Single Action Army (a.k.a. Improved Army or Frontier Army) was a revolver by E. Remington & Sons. It was based upon the successful Remington Model 1858 with both revolvers having the same size, appearance, and the removable cylinder. The new 1875 Remington differed mainly from the older 1858 percussion model by having a bored through cylinder chambered for metallic cartridges. Thus, in 1875, Remington entered the cartridge revolver market with this big-frame, army style revolver, intended to compete with the Colt Peacemaker. Ordinary citizens and Old West lawmen alike recognized the sturdy quality of the new Remington revolvers. This design was followed by the Model 1888 and the Model 1890.” This revolver has quite a bit of original nickel left. The majority of the balance is seen as indexing and holster rubbing wear, sparking interest as to who once owned this stunning piece. The extra web makes for nice balance and a unique trait, which easily identifies it apart from Colt’s Single Action Army. With many stories to tell of its own, it can now be in your safe, to admire for generations yet to come.