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In 1875 Remington Arms launched a new single-action cartridge revolver into the market in order to compete with Colt's popular peacemaker. The gun had a striking resemblance to the older Remington 1858 cap and ball revolver. Equiped with a loading gate, an ejector rod and chambered in 44 40 and 45 colt the Remington functioned almost identical like the Colt Peacemaker, ordinary citizens and old West lawmen alike recognized the sturdy quality of the new Remington revolvers.

However the 1875 was not a huge success, due to the two years that Colt had ahead of Remington Colt had already seized all the Army contracts and Remington was forced to seek other markets. 10,000 were ordered by the Eygtion Army but few were delivered since the Eygtions had not paid for Remington's rolling block rifles which they had already purchased. but some 1875's saw use with Indian police on the reservations, the 1875 also saw action on the wrong side of the law, the infamous Frank James carried an 1875 on his criminal career with his brother Jesse James. The failure of the 1875 marked disaster for Remington arms, production of the Remington 1875 ended in around 1889 with around 25,000 and 30,000 made. Soon in 1890 Remington launched the Remington 1890 police which was almost identical to the 1875 but again this revolver failed in the market.

Today replica's faithful to the original 1875 are being made by Uberti.

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