Re: Question about repro 1858 Remingtons?
To my knowledge no one has made a "repro M1858 Remington?"
In 1857 Remington began to manufacture the "ancestor" of the "Remington" based on patents by Fordyce Beals often called the "Remington Beals." While Beals did design a "pocket revolver," he also did a "Beals Army" and a "Beals Navy" revolver.
Problems with the Beals' design were ironed out with the Remington Model 1861 Army and Navy revolvers which were later referred to as the "Old Model."
Further problems were again ironed out with the Model 1863 Army and Navy revolver. I believe ALL of the "Remington Army and Navy" repro's are of the M1863 type.
As with Colt, Remington had a successful business with the civilian market, and not only did "pocket pistols" and "police pistols."
They also did a "half way" offering beginning in 1863 in the form of the
"New Model" belt revolver which is essentially a M1863 Navy but with a 6 1/2 inch barrel rather than the Navy's 7 3/8's.
There is no proof, but some around the campfire argue that the repro makers created the "M1858" name for the M1863 to be able to market and sell 1863 guns for 1862 and 1861 impressions without having to actually produce a new Model 1861 or a "Remington Beals."
The Italians make a Remington New Model Pocket Pistol in .31, but I have never seen other than repro M1863 Army's and Navy's. (Well also the M1875 cartridge revolver, but that is too late for CW...) And, I will not get into the Italian concept of a brass framed M1863 Remington.)
In gleichem Schritt und Tritt, Curt Schmidt
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