Remington firearms

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Remington firearms are guns produced by American firearm manufacturer Remington, founded by Eliphalet Remington in 1816.

Background & history of production

Eliphalet Remington founded the company as E. Remington and Sons in 1816. It was founded on the principal that Remington believed he could build a better gun that he could buy. His father was a blacksmith, and at the age of 23 Eliphalet built himself a sporting rifle by hand, with a firing mechanism bought from a dealer. The gun received a hugely enthusiastic response after a shooting match, so much so that Remington decided to manufacture more, and so formed the company E. Remington and Sons.

By the mid 19th century, Eliphalet’s gun was used widely by American sportsmen, and was also one of the standard guns used in the winning of the West. Before Remington’s product, Americans had relied on foreign sources for their sporting guns. A good rifle becoming so much more available revolutionised the way guns were perceived.

The company continued to grow, developing its product and also manufacturing other sporting goods including bicycles and typewriters. This eventually occasioned a split of the two sides of the business, and so the Remington Arms Company was born. In 1888 Remington was purchased by Marcus Hartley and Partners, who owned the Union Metallic Cartridge Company.

During World War I, Remington produced arms for several Allied powers: M1907-15 Berthier rifles for France, Pattern 1914 Enfield rifles for Britain, and Model 1891 Mosin-Nagant rifles for Imperial Russia. With the involvement of America, Remington became more deeply involved, producing M1917 Enfield rifles for the U.S. army. Remington went on to hold positions of responsibility during World War II, overseeing arms manufacture.

What began as one young man’s project and enterprise became one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sporting arms. Remington is the oldest company in the United States to still manufacture its original product.

Collecting guide

Original Remington firearms are extremely sought-after items, often among the more valuable guns at auction.

Their worth rises enormously if they have a particularly significant history, or connection with a famous figure.

Notable auction sales

  • Rare cased and engraved Remington Smoot new Model No. 1 revolver, sold for $43,700 at Bonhams in December 2004.
  • Remington New Model Army Percussion revolver, surrendered by Apache war chief Geronimo to Lt. Charles Gatewood. Sold for $52,650 at Bonhams in November 2007.
  • Remington Model 1882 double barrelled shotgun, owned by lawman Wyatt Earp, sold for $64,350 at Bonhams in November 2007.
  • Remington .41 caliber rimfire Double Derringer, taken from fugitive gang member John Herbert Dillinger at his arrest in 1934, sold for $95,600 at Heritage Auctions in July 2009.
  • Remington New Model Army .44 percussion revolver owned by William F. Cody, a.k.a Buffalo Bill. Sold for $200,000 at Heritage Auctions in June 2012.

Notable models of Remington firearms

  • The Remington Rifle
  • Fieldmaster 121 rifle
  • Targetmaster 510 rifle
  • Scoremaster 511 rifle
  • Sportmaster 512 rifle
  • Remington-Keene rifle
  • Remington Model 10 pump action shotgun
  • Remington Model 11 semi-automatic action shotgun
  • Remington New Model 1858 Revolver
  • Remington Model 1875 revolver
  • Remington Rider single shot pistol
  • Remington Zig-Zag Derringer
  • Remington Model 95 Derringer
  • Remington 51
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