Model 1861 Remington Contract Rifle Musket with Model 1863 Modifications, .58 Caliber
REMINGTON CONTRACT U.S. MODEL 1863
Lock and breech with matching date, 1865, sharp edges, action is tight and smooth - SOLD
The barrel and lockplate display crisp standard markings, eagles, Remington’s, Ilion, N.Y., and 1865; barrel with “GM” inspectors’ mark; stock also displays inspectors’ marks; “935” is impressed in stock. The brown barrel shows scatted erosion; other metal parts in dark mottled patina; some minor erosion to tail of trigger guard. The musket retains single leaf rear site and tulip-head ramrod.
So, a regulation 1861 with model 1863 improvements; configured as.58-caliber single shot rifled muzzleloader. Iron buttplate stamped “US” and a “G”; old design "C" shape hammer replaced with the “S” contoured beveled hammer; nipple bolster milled flat and impressed with eagle (eliminated clean out screw); one leaf sight; iron trigger guard, three rounded barrel bands fitted with screws and stamped with “U”. Strap hooks installed on middle band and trigger guard, tulip head ramrod with threaded end; straight shank, iron nose cap. (Overall L: 56”, barrel L: 40”)
Reference: Flayderman 9A-327 and The Guns of Remington, Historic Firearms Spanning Two Centuries, compiled by Howard Madaus, page 41.