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The Remington Model 1875,
Introduced in 1875, the Remington Model 1875 single action revolver was a further development of the famous Remington Model 1858. In fact it was almost identical to the Model 1858, utilizing the same frame, size, and removable cylinder system. The only difference was that the Model 1875 used a bored out cylinder designed to fire centerfire self contained metallic cartridges. Loading the revolver was done through a loading gate on the right hand side of the pistol.
Upon its introduction, the Model 1875 was marketed as an alternative to the famous Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army. In many ways, the Remington was better than the Colt, with a stronger frame and better quality machining. However the Colt Model 1873 had been on the market two years before Remington introduced the Model 1875. As a result, Colt secured most lucrative military contracts and had deeply entrenched itself in the civilian market. The Remington Model 1875 was only produced up to 1889, with 25,000 to 30,000 manufactured. The came in calibers .44-40, .44 Remington, and .45 Colt.
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