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Only an estimated 15,000 or less of these magazine pistols were manufactured from 1871 to 1888. They were designed by Remington engineer Joseph Rider and are somewhat reminiscent of the Volcanic pistols. The Rider is one of the most unusual 19th century pocket pistols and uses a tubular magazine located under the barrel that loads from the muzzle end, a German silver blade front sight, a hole in the cocking lever for a rear sight, spur trigger, and oddly shaped bird's head grips. This example is a very rare variant with a plain casehardened frame and blued barrel. Engraved and nickel plated examples are far more common. It is marked with the standard two line Remington address and Rider's patent marking on the top barrel flat.
Fine. 40% of the original blue finish remains on the barrel, magazine tube, and small components, and the frame retains 20% subdued case colors particularly on the left side just ahead of the grip. The balance of the blued components has brown patina. The frame has gray and brown patina and patches light pitting especially on the left side. The German silver front sight and the magazine tube have an aged patina. The grips are very good with mild handling wear including a few slight chips on the edges. Mechanically excellent.
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