A RARE .56-50 RIMFIRE REMINGTON MODEL 1864 ROLLING BLOCK SPLIT BREECH CARBINE, CIRCA 1865, no visible serial number,
20in. barrel rifled with three grooves, fitted with a pinched blade front-sight and a leaf back-sight, the tang stamped with the usual Remington address and patent legend, the left side of the action fitted with a side-rib and ring, iron mounted two piece walnut stock the butt with iron butt-plate stamped 'U.S.' on tang, half fore-end with one spring retained band, action slightly at fault, the carbine is quite sharp overall with good stock
Provenance: The Remington Split Breech was the predecessor of the famed Rolling Block, and Remington's first longarm chambered for metallic cartridges. Carbines of this type were offered to the U.S. Government in 1864 who contracted for the supply of 15,000, manufacture was subcontracted to the Savage Revolving Arms Co. The first deliver of 1000 was not made until September 1865 and the final delivery in May 1866. All remained in store until 1870 when the government sold almost the entire lot back to Remington who promptly sold them to France. during the Franco-Prussian War. A rare collector's gun.
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament