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Remington Model 1861 Navy


Percussion Revolver (1862)


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Roughly 7,000 of the Remington Model 1861 Navy revolver were produced, many seeing heavy action in the American Civil War.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/29/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
Remington produced their similar Model 1861 Navy based on the successful and well-liked Model 1861 Army revolvers. The Army revolvers forged the revolver pattern for all future Remington designs and the Navy version was no different. Dimensionally, the Navy model was and overall smaller design, making it more compact to an extent. Key to the Remington design (over that of the competing Colt offerings) was the connecting bridge across the top of the ammunition cylinder which made for a more robust sidearm in the field. This made Remington revolvers a very popular commodity for both sides of the American Civil War. Production was limited, however, estimated as just 7,000 examples out of the Remington Armory of Ilion and Utica, New York. Production began and ended in 1862 and nearly all of these revolvers were produced solely to fulfill US government contracts. In comparison, the Remington Model 1861 Army was produced to the tune of some 147,000 examples.

Design of the Remington Model 1861 Navy was consistent with the Remington design approach. The handgrip was of walnut and sloped downwards from the rear of the frame, the assembly flared at the bottom. The curved trigger sat protected in a thin brass trigger ring. The ammunition cylinder was smooth-sided and accepted six .36 Cap & Ball lead spheres. The firing operation was the accepted standard of utilizing percussion caps, a method that replaced flintlock domination and the action was single, requiring the operator to both cock and pull the trigger to fire a single shot - repeating the process for the next. The hammer sported a high spur and was of case-hardened metal. The barrel was rounded and over 7 inches in length. A small fixed post atop the muzzle was used for accurized aiming at longer distances. The loading lever was held under the barrel.

Despite its limited availability, Confederate forces likened the Remington Model 1861 Navy over the Model 1861 Army, to which the Northern Union forces favored. To the South, the lower-caliber .36 chambering was the major reason, producing a lower recoil that was more manageable in close ranges and when fired on horseback. The North, however, enjoyed the inherent firepower of their .44 caliber man-stopping Remington Model 1861 Army revolvers for good reason.

The Remington Model 1861 Navy is also known by the name of "Old Model Navy".

Specifications



Service Year
1862

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Classification


Percussion Revolver


Remington Armory - USA
National flag of the United States Confederate States; United States
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.


Action


Single-Action; Manually Actuated; Percussion

Percussion Cap
Utilizes the percussion cap system of operation to actuate ignition of propellant; much like a child's cap gun, small explosive caps are set upon nipples and these are actuated by a falling hammer previously cocked.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


.36 Cap & Ball

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a Musket Ball bullet
Rounds / Feed


6-shot rotating cylinder
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Rate-of-Fire
6
rds/min


Model 1861 Navy - Base Series Designation


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