Remington-Beals Model 1858 Army History

When U.S. Army authorities tested early examples of the Remington-Beals Navy Revolver it liked what it saw and ordered the type for service. The Navy Model form was based on Fordyce Beal's earlier work on the Remington-Beals 3rd Model Pocket Revolver (detailed elsewhere on this site) and marked Remington's first major foray into a military-caliber sidearm. Chambered in .36, the Navy Model was acquired in 14,500 examples and manufactured from 1862 until 1862 - seeing considerable service in the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Prior to the Navy Model achieving official circulation and use, Chief of Ordnance Colonel James W. Ripley ordered the Remington-Beals in an Army Model design chambered for .44 - a much more powerful man-stopping round. The sidearm was dimensionally larger when compared to the Navy Model and featured the requisite qualities of revolvers of the day - a rotating ammunition cylinder, iron sights, solid frame and under-slung ramming rod. A longer barrel was also issued with the Army Model measuring 8 inches long.

This large-framed revolver was produced from the period spanning 1861 until 1862 but only saw 1,900 examples completed.

Remington-Beals Model 1858 Army Specification


- Close Quarters Battle (CQB) / Personal Security

- Sidearm


Overall Length:

350 mm (13.78 in)

Barrel Length:

203 mm (7.99 in)






Muzzle Velocity:

725 feet-per-second (221 meters-per-second)


12 rounds-per-minute

Effective Range:

300 ft (91 m; 100 yd)


Army Model - Base Series Name; about 1,900 examples produced.

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