MANUFACTURER(S): Remington Arms - USA
LENGTH (OVERALL): 350 millimeters (13.78 inches)
LENGTH (BARREL): 203 millimeters (7.99 inches)
MUZZLE VELOCITY: 725 feet-per-second (221 meters-per-second)
RATE-OF-FIRE: 12 rounds-per-minute
RANGE (EFFECTIVE): 300 feet (91 meters; 100 yards)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Remington-Beals Model 1858 Army Six-Shot Service Revolver.
Entry last updated on 1/23/2017.
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When U.S. Army authorities tested early examples of the Remington-Beals Navy Revolver it liked what it saw and ordered the type for service. The Navy Model form was based on Fordyce Beal's earlier work on the Remington-Beals 3rd Model Pocket Revolver (detailed elsewhere on this site) and marked Remington's first major foray into a military-caliber sidearm. Chambered in .36, the Navy Model was acquired in 14,500 examples and manufactured from 1862 until 1862 - seeing considerable service in the American Civil War (1861-1865).
Prior to the Navy Model achieving official circulation and use, Chief of Ordnance Colonel James W. Ripley ordered the Remington-Beals in an Army Model design chambered for .44 - a much more powerful man-stopping round. The sidearm was dimensionally larger when compared to the Navy Model and featured the requisite qualities of revolvers of the day - a rotating ammunition cylinder, iron sights, solid frame and under-slung ramming rod. A longer barrel was also issued with the Army Model measuring 8 inches long.
This large-framed revolver was produced from the period spanning 1861 until 1862 but only saw 1,900 examples completed.