You are bidding on a RARE Remington-Rider .31 Caliber Percussion Revolver. The revolver features a five shot mushroom shaped cylinder, 3" octagon barrel, double action, and German silver trigger guard. This is one of the rarest of Remington products with an estimated 2,000 total production including the original percussion model (like this) plus the later cartridge conversion model. To quote from Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms: “This distinctive double action revolver was designed by Joseph Rider of Newark, Ohio. Remington’s contracted with Rider for the manufacture of the Pocket Model, and he became a valued employee of the company, moving to Ilion. One of the first double action revolvers made in quantity in the United States…early specimens have a dovetailed cone type front sight while later production had the pin type front sight.” The entire run was manufactured from 1860 to 1873- no doubt the later production were the cartridge models. The double action mechanism in which one merely pulls the trigger to revolve the cylinder, cock and fire the weapon works correctly as does the single action in which one pulls the hammer to the rear before pulling the trigger to fire. It is correctly marked “MANUFACTURED BY REMINGTONS’, ILION, N.Y., RIDERS PT. AUG. 17, 1858 MAY 3, 1859.” Wonderful attractive patina metal surfaces and particularly fine original checkered rubber grips (these are often badly cracked or replaced altogether). A supremely rare and key revolver being one of the first successful double actions made in the U.S. Surviving specimens are seldom seen or offered for sale especially in this early unaltered percussion configuration. This early example with serial number 699 has the early dovetailed cone type front sight. It was manufactured during the Civil War years. Antique firearm. No FFL transfer or NICS background check required.
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