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The U.S. 1863 Remington Contract rifle

The Remington Contract „Zouave” or U.S. 1863 rifle is one of the best handling, and most elegant rifles of the Civil War era.

 

The Remington Contract „Zouave” or U.S. 1863 rifle is one of the best handling, and most elegant rifles of the Civil War era.

 

Although the guns have nothing to do with the „Zouaves” (units dressed like some of the French light infantry regiments serving in North Africa), and many disagree weather it was used in the Civil War or not.

 

One thing for sure: Remington did produce these guns during the Civil War. The company received many contracts for rifles and rifle muskets, as it was already supplying excellent revolvers for the U.S. Government. In 1863 the company had already fulfilled some orders for U.S. 1841 “Mississippi” rifles, and they also tooled up to produce standard U.S. 1861 “Springfield” rifle-muskets as well.

 

Some suppose that the company received the order for their rifle as a reward for helping to ban the prices of the Colt revolvers. There are different ideas weather these rifles were issued to troops or not. Some say they were crated, warehoused and sold after the war as military surplus. Some say they were issued to US units.

 

It does not matter which is true, as the U.S. 1863 Remington Contract rifle is a damn good shooter. It is a very well balanced, comfortable rifle in .58 caliber. Sources indicate that they were manufactured with 3 groove and 7 groove rifling as well. The version pictured here is the 3 groove 1:72” twist version. The rifle has all the contemporary markings for maximum historical accuracy. The bore is a Pedersoli Match Grade broach rifled barrel.


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