Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Remington Zouave Percussion Rifle


The “Zouave” name leaves me envisioning the famous Zouave soldiers of the Civil War. Ohhh, Gotta’ have one of those rifles, right? Well backup the boat boys. Few, if any, Remington 1863 "Zouave" rifles actually saw combat service during the Civil War years. I have yet see documentation either way. Remington’s delivery appears to have been too little too late.
To quote the New York Historical Society display of the Remington M-1863, This Civil War firearm has become known as the "Zouave rifle", although the origin of the name remains obscure. Go figure?


Funny how these rifles are referred to as Civil War relics or Civil War reproductions by the people peddling them. Anyway, here is some info on the Remington M-1863 Zouave.

In 1863, Remington Arms Company began to produce a new contract rifle. Over 12,000 of these, called the "Zouave," were made. The rifle has a heavy, 33 inch, round barrel with a lug for a sword bayonet on the right side, a dovetail mounted wide base front sight and a folding leaf rear sight graduated for 500, 300 and 100 yards. The rifle is fitted with a steel, straight shank, tulip head ramrod. The barrel band springs and sights are blue. The lock and hammer are color casehardened. The forearm cap, barrel bands, trigger guard, patch box and buttplate are brass. The straight grain black walnut stock has an oil finish.
The lock plate is dated "1863" behind the hammer and roll stamped with a federal eagle and shield over "U.S." followed by "REMINGTON'S/ILLION N.Y." in front of the hammer.

Still be fun to have one of these.