This 1865-production Remington New Model Army revolver is in absolutely fantastic condition and features roughly 80% of its original arsenal blued finish. This Remington is among the finest Remington NMA we've ever had! As an added bonus, it's serial number (#86,933) puts it squarely in the block of guns that was issued to the Company H of the 16th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry on September 24th 1865 - nearly four months after the end of the Civil War.
While the rest of the U.S. military was actively de-arming and disbanding, the 16th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry was in the the middle of hasty re-supply while taking part in what one of the first major military campaigns of the Indian Wars - The Powder River Expedition. This large and far-flung military operation was waged against the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians in Montana Territory and Dakota Territory from July 1st to October 4th 1865. The expedition set out with a relatively small number of troops and was largely aimed at intimidating the Natives into compliance with the Federal government, but the Army encountered heavier-than-expected resistance from the Natives which prolonged the expedition. To make matters worse, the regiments which had been sent on the expedition were poorly supplied and "near mutinous" thanks to the fact that most of the fighting men had been pulled directly off the battlefields of the Civil War - instead of being discharged to re-unite with friends and loved ones the soldiers of the Powder River Expedition were sentenced to several months of harsh frontier living on the Western Frontier.
In an attempt to gain control over the deteriorating situation, the Federal Government sent much needed supplies to the expeditionary forces, including new horse tack, uniforms, and guns. These supplies arrived at Fort Connor on September 24th, where Brigadier General Patrick E. Connor had consolidated the expedition's troops. These supplies were quickly distributed to the men, however it had little effect on the overall campaign as General Connor was transferred to Utah that same month and the remaining troops were called to Fort Laramie; where they would ultimately be mustered out of the Army. The 16th Kansas Cavalry remained to staff Fort Connor, where they essentially acted as security; deterring and hostilities against the Natives and white settlers in the area. This history accounts for the outstanding condition of this particular Remington revolver - like most law enforcement weapons it shows evidence of having been carried but remains in excellent condition; having been well cared for by the trooper that carried it.
This revolver remains in excellent condition with roughly 85% of its original vibrant blued finish remaining. Clearly, some amount of extraordinary storage must have been applied to this piece; as Remingtons are very seldom encountered in this condition.
The action is crisp with a solid half and full cock. The lock up is very tight with almost no cylinder shake. The bore and chambers are beautiful and match the exterior of this revolver with no major rust or pitting and crisp rifling.
The barrel address, serial numbers and all sub inspector stamps are crisp and legible.
The grips are original to the revolver and in beautiful shape with no cracks, chips, or damage of any kind.
This revolver would be very hard to upgrade. Its sure to be the crown jewel of your antique firearms collection. Don't sleep on this piece, you'll likely not come across another NMA with such legitimate Indian Wars history in such fine a condition!