• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

1875 Remington Revolver

1875 Remington Revolver
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1875 Remington Revolver

Caliber: .44-40 caliber

Barrel length: 7 ½"

Built to compete with the 1873 Colt, the 1875 was Remington's first metallic cartridge revolver. It kept the overall appearance of the 1858 Remington making it heavier than a Colt but sturdier as well. Like other revolvers, it was a six shot single action. This pistol was loaded through a loading gate in the rear and each round had to be extracted one at a time using the ejecting rod. Frank James was known to carry an 1875 Remington.

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Did You Know?

Park staff and volunteers demonstrating using lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the cannon's primer

The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.