Civil War Remington New Model Pocket Revolver .31 Cal Percussion Antique

SOLD FOR: $730

WOA#: WY240203LSB014

Make: Remington

Model: New Model Pocket Revolver, Third Type

Serial Number: 7493

Year of Manufacture: 1865 thru 1873, Antique

Caliber: .31 Caliber Ball

Action Type: Percussion Cap and Ball Single Action Revolver

Markings: The top of the barrel has a series of faded patent dates. The left side of the grip frame is marked “7493”.  The bottom of the barrel is marked “7493”.

Barrel Length: 3.5”

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is a shallow semi-circle blade fixed to the barrel.  The rear sight is a v-notch groove in the top-strap.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The grips are two-piece smooth walnut.  There are some scattered scratches, scuffs, draglines, and compressions. The right grip has a particularly large compression.  There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Case Hardened, Steel/Iron (Type 3)

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is gray with sharp rifling.  There is scattered rust throughout the bore but no notable pitting. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 7/10 for a black powder revolver.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 20% of its metal finish. The strongest remaining finish is located in protected areas. The finish has numerous scattered spots of light scabbing, oxidation, discoloration from previous oxidation, light pinprick erosion, and scratches from abrasive cleaning. The cylinder has a turn line. The screwheads display tool marks with strong slots. The markings have mostly faded with time except for the serial numbers. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition as an Antique

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The mainspring is strong and the cylinder locks up very well with only light movement. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The Remington New Model Pocket Revolver in .31 caliber is a fascinating artifact from the mid-19th century, a period rife with innovation and change, particularly in the field of firearms. Introduced in the 1860s by E. Remington & Sons, this small but formidable revolver was a response to the growing demand for personal defense weapons that were easy to carry and conceal. Its compact size made it an ideal choice for those seeking a discreet yet effective means of protection, including civilians and off-duty officers during a time when carrying a firearm was a common necessity.

The New Model Pocket Revolver’s design featured notable advancements for its time, including a five-shot cylinder and a unique mechanism that allowed for easier loading and unloading compared to its contemporaries. This made it not only a practical choice for self-defense but also a symbol of the technological progress being made in firearm design during the era. The craftsmanship and durability of the Remington New Model Pocket Revolver have allowed many examples to survive to this day, making it a prized collector’s item. Its historical significance, coupled with its association with one of America’s oldest firearms manufacturers, underscores its appeal to enthusiasts who cherish the rich tapestry of American gunmaking history and innovation. Please see our photos and good luck! – L.S.

Civil War Remington New Model Pocket Revolver .31 Cal Percussion Antique
Civil War Remington New Model Pocket Revolver .31 Cal Percussion Antique