New Model Army
HWS: Remington NewModelArmy percussion revolver
Made from heavyweight abs & zinc alloy parts
Brand new and includes, 12 percussion containers for which a 5mm cap fits in (not included) for a loud bang! and smoke out the barrel for a very good effect!!
Superb replica of the New Model Army revolver, no visible makers name (only Remington), very nice weight, feel and look.
Functions, operates, field-strips like the real thing!
Octagon barrel / Open barrel for venting smoke
Weight Approx: (650g).
We ship internationally, please ask for a shipping quote: firstname.lastname@example.org
PFC Primer caps:
€11.00 / £8.50 per box (1 box = 100 PFC caps) These are needed to make the bang and smoke!
The Remington 1858 New Model Army was a single action six shooter manufactured by the Union based Remington Arms Company. The more powerful .44 caliber wasn't introduced properly until 1862, and was based on the Fordyce Beals patent of September 14th, 1858 (Patent #21,748)
The patent date was stamped on the revolver giving the wrong impression that the revolver was an 1858 model, it wasn't and should have been more correctly termed as the Remington 1862 New Model Army.
Between the years of 1862 up to 1865 the number of these incredibly favoured revolvers reached 115,560. The .44 caliber was manufactured by the Union Ordnance Department at a cost of just fifteen dollars per gun. The equivalent Colt Army Model 1860 was retailing for twenty-five dollars and Samuel Colt soon dropped the price to fourteen dollars, fifty cents in attempt to win back customers.
Many people did indeed buy the 1860 Colt Army but the 1858 Remington New Model Army still remained the favorite choice. The closed frame and rapid reloading system insured it would remain a favorite too.
A fair few thousand Remington's found their way into Confederate Army hands much to the resentment of the Union army. It is presumed that crates of these pistols were smuggled over the border and sold at a higher premium to the anxious soldiers of the Confederacy...well, business is business.
Many officers would purchase this revolver with money out of their own pocket rather than accept the standard army issue revolver which was the excellent but not as good Colt Army Model 1860. The reason for this was quite simply that the Remington 1858 was more superior, dependable, robust and much more importantly it could be reloaded in a matter of seconds with a pre-loaded cylinder.
The Remington 1858 New Model Army in .44 caliber was quite a powerful gun in its day and the bullet or ball could be fired out at over one thousand feet per second (f.p.s) which was quite fast in the 1860's as most bullet velocities were around seven hundred and fifty feet per second.
Three years after the end of the Civil War, Remington started to offer conversions for metal cartridges to be used instead of the cap & ball style paper cases. Remington paid a small fee to the renowned Smith & Wesson company who owned the 1855 Rollin White patent #12,648 on the method and principles for re-boring out cylinders and thus Remington was the first company to offer big .44 caliber metal cartridges a couple of years before the main competitors of Colt and S&W.
There was another well thought out innovation that first appeared on late 1862 Old Model Armies and that was a small slot that was milled at the end of the cylinder in between the space between each cylinder so that the hammer could be rested on it. This meant that all six cylinders could be loaded and the gun carried quite safely knowing that if the hammer got knocked it would not hit a percussion cap consequently firing the gun.
The Remington revolver owes its durability to the “top-strap”, solid frame design. The design is stronger and less prone to frame stretching than the Colt revolvers of the same era. The internal lock-work of the Remington is somewhat simpler in construction. While the Colt employs separate screws for the hand and trigger, those components share the same through-frame screw in the Remington design.
The Remington-Beals revolver permitted easy cylinder removal allowing a quick reload with a spare pre-loaded cylinder, an advantage over other revolver designs of the time. The cylinder-swap consisted of placing the hammer at half-cock, unlatching and lowering the loading lever halfway, sliding the cylinder pin forward to the stop, removing the cylinder from the frame's right side, and installing the spare cylinder from the right side. A slight rotation of the top of the cylinder towards the right side of the frame during cylinder removal or installation aids in slipping the cylinder ratchet past or under the hand. Centering the cylinder in the frame and sliding the cylinder pin back to seated position, secures the cylinder. Returning the loading lever arm to latched position readies the revolver for firing. The cylinder swap takes 12 seconds, or even less, depending on practice and skill.
A prized possession of the Remington Arms Company is an original New Model Army with ivory grips once carried by William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The historic revolver is on display with Cody's simple handwritten note, "It never failed me". Cody carried the revolver in original percussion form well into the cartridge era, and never converted it to cartridge use.