They were produced as direct competitors for the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army revolver. Unfortunately for Remington, even though the design was much more convenient for cleaning and cylinder removal, by the time they appeared on the scene Colt was already well established with the U.S. Army and civilians alike. No large military contracts were ever awarded to Remington. A handful saw service as side arms by Indian police on Western reservations.
As Remington was more known for rifles and shotguns, their distribution and advertising were inadequate, and therefore sales were slow. By the time the Model 1890 was produced, sales of large bore single action revolvers had waned substantially in favor of the more convenient double action revolvers from Colt and Smith & Wesson. After only a short run the revolver was dropped from the product line to become just a footnote in firearms history, and a highly desirable rarity for today’s gun collectors. Slightly more than 2000 were manufactured.
The M-1890 was a large frame, single action 6-shot revolver only chambered for .44 Winchester Center Fire (.44 WCF or .44-40), as that was undoubtedly the most popular cartridge during American expansion in the west. It was only produced in two-barrel lengths, either 7 ½” or 5 ½” and could be had in nickel-plated or blued finishes. Remington Arms monogramed hard rubber grips completed the aesthetic package for the revolvers, and a swiveling lanyard ring in the butt.
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