Only around 6,000 Army Model 1871 Rolling Block Pistols were manufactured by Remington in the 1870s and 1880s with approximately 5,000 sold to the U.S. Army. They were inspected by Curtis R. Stickney whose script initials "CRS" are stamped in a boxed cartouche on the left side of the grip. These were the last single shot U.S. martial pistols. Those in high condition like this one are especially valuable. The pistol has an 8 inch blue barrel, casehardened frame with distinctive hump on the back strap, niter blue trigger, and bright hammer and breech block . The left side of the frame is marked with the two-line address/patent dates marking and "P S", which stands for "Proofed" and "Stickney". It has a standard fixed blade front sight.
Excellent plus, as issued, retains 97% plus original blue finish with minor wear at the muzzle end and a few minor dings, 98% vivid original case colors with only light fading on the trigger guard, 98% original niter blue finish on the trigger, some light boogering on the forend screw with otherwise absolutely sharp markings and edges in the metal overall. Wood is excellent with attractive original raised grain, some light handling marks and scratches, defined edges and an exceptionally crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent.