Make: E. Remington
Model: Joseph Rider Compact Pocket Model
Serial Number: 1217
Year of Manufacture: Flayderman's Guide puts production at 2,000 percussion pistols made from 1860 to 1873, putting production sometime near 1870.
Caliber: .31 Ball
Action Type: 5-Shot Double / Single Action Percussion 'Mushroom Cylinder' Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY REMINGTONS', ILION, N.Y. / RIDERS PT. AUG, 17, 1858 MAY 3, 1859". The underside of the barrel and frame are marked with the serial number, seen also inside of the grip panels.
Barrel Length: 3”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinched pin, which is screwed into the barrel. The rear sight is a V groove on top of the frame.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black hard rubber with nice fit to the grip frame. The butt of the grip frame is "S" shaped, there is a chip loss on the butt of the right grip. There are some scrape and rub marks. The grips rate in about Good to Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with German Silver Trigger Guard
Finish Originality: The finishes appear to be original, the hammer has some odd tone and smoothed erosion, it may have been sanded and re-colored.
Bore Condition: The bore is brown with dark patches, we believe it to be built surface erosion. We were unable to remove all of this, but the bore does look better than when we started and with a thorough soaking, more may be removed. The rifling is still defined.
Overall Condition: The barrel retains a high percentage of blue for its age, there is rubbing and brown patina replacing the balance. The frame and cylinder have a dull brown patina and mild erosion. The German silver trigger guard has a faint gold tone. The screw heads show tooling. The markings are all legible. Overall, this handgun rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The single action operation functions correctly when cocked back into single action, though the cylinder is not advanced in double action. The cylinder produces moderate side to side play in full lockup. Given its age, we do not recommend firing this pistol. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique Firearms, the first mass produced American double action cartridge revolver was designed by Joseph Rider in collaboration with Remington's company. Only 2,000 were made in percussion and for centerfire cartridges, this one still has a bit of blue left on the barrel and all serialized parts match and it remains an artifact of American history; the cartridge converted types were America's first centerfire double action revolvers!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This antique handgun can be sold in California.
LSB#: 161128LV87 Make: E. Remington Model: Joseph Rider Compact Pocket Model Serial Number: 1217 Year of Manufacture: Flayderman's Guide puts production at 2
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