This is a scarce example of approximately 1,000 Model 1888 Single Action Army Revolvers manufactured by Remington between 1888 and 1889. This revolver has a full nickel plated finish and is fitted with antique ivory grips. The grips fit well and have nickel-silver screw escutcheons but do not appear to be Remington factory grips. The serial number is stamped on the left side of the frame beneath the grips. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION. N.Y. U.S.A." in a single line reading toward the muzzle. The caliber "44" is stamped on the left side of the trigger guard bow. The revolver butt has no provision for the lanyard ring fitted on many Model 1888 revolvers. The scarce, limited production, Remington Model 1888 was a direct competitor to the Colt Single Action Army and is one of the most sought after Remington handguns. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection
Very fine. The revolver retains 90% of the original nickel plated finish. The nickel-plating shows scattered light handling marks and has some flaking on the left side of the hammer on the right side of the back strap. The barrel and caliber markings are sharp. The grips show moderate wear and are in very fine condition with some age discoloration and slight shrinkage. There are chips in the butt end of each grip; the chip in the left grip has an old repair. The right grip has file marks adjacent to the back strap and a hairline crack in the butt. The hammer sits low in the safety notch; otherwise the action is crisp and functions perfectly. This is an attractive, original example of a very scarce and desirable Remington Model 1888 Single Action Army Revolver.
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