Hand-carved Replica of an 1861 Remington Revolver

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Project by CarvinTom posted 09-21-2013 12:01 AM 3461 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some photos of my Hand-carved, full-sized replica of an 1861 Remington Revolver.

I wanted to recreate something that was old to go along with the 45-70 Springfield “trapdoor” rifle, circa 1884, that I had carved back in 2009 (it wa posted here some time ago). Originally, I thought that I would do the 1851 Navy Colt Revolver based on its historical cache but I soon decided that the lines of the Remington were more pleasing and, after all, this is “art”. While the Colt came first and introduced the whole idea of placing the rounds into a rotating cylinder that, once fired, would shift the next round into position when the weapon was re-cocked, it just didn’t have the “look” that I was after.

Now, if you jes’ happ’ned to be packin’ this here piece as you strolled on down Main Street towards the Longbranch Saloon, you’d very aware you had it with you. The real thing was ENORMOUS! It measured 13.25 inches long from the tip of the handle to the tip of the barrel and it weighed in almost 3 pounds (!) (Actually, 2 lbs., 13 oz.). The overall barrel length was a respectable 8”. It is no wonder that a cowboy’s spurs jingled with this monster was strapped to his leg:—). Just as a side note, the replica probably doesn’t weigh more than may 3 ozs:-)

I have posted more detailed information about the project on my blog (

I am interested and anxious to hear your comments.

Carvin’ Tom AKA K3WFN

-- Carvin' Tom, Pittsburgh, PA, No, I'm *not* retired. I am a "recycled teenager!"

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#1 posted 09-21-2013 12:31 AM

very nice indeed. show this in public and it might be taken for the real thing.

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#2 posted 09-21-2013 12:56 AM

I’m impressed!! Very nice work Tom and thanks for the history.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 09-21-2013 01:17 AM

I thought this was going to be a post about new hand grips. It sure looks real enough.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 09-21-2013 01:19 AM

Wow that’s remarkable.


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#5 posted 09-21-2013 01:26 AM

That’s dedication my man ! Well done by anyone’s standards !

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#6 posted 09-21-2013 02:23 AM

Hope you have a permit to carry! If you hadn’t said it was hand-carved, I’d think it was the real thing!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#7 posted 09-21-2013 03:09 AM

AMAZING…simply amazing.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#8 posted 09-21-2013 03:47 AM

Very nicely done! I agree on your choice of the 1861 Remington as I’ve always preferred this model because of its top strap which the Colt went to later in the Peacemaker.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 09-21-2013 11:38 AM

What paint did you use for the metal finishes.

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#10 posted 09-21-2013 11:59 AM

Very cool! It DOES look real.

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#11 posted 09-21-2013 12:21 PM


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#12 posted 09-21-2013 01:06 PM

Very intricate, very awesome..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 09-21-2013 02:20 PM

Man, you are GOOOOOD. That thing is beautiful..

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#14 posted 09-21-2013 04:54 PM

Bad Crayon,

From my blog:

I took the unpainted revolver with me to discuss the paint selection with the guy at my favorite hobby store to see what he would suggest. He recommended a 2-step, Spray-on lacquer from Testor’s to make it look more like metal. The first coat was Number 1454 “Titanium” Model Master Buffing Metalizer. Since this was going to be an “all-or-nothing” kind of procedure, it required a lot of thought, quiet meditation and mental preparation before I was ready to commit to the paint application. I really didn’t want to ruin my work so far. Finally, I realized that if this methodology didn’t work out, I was no worse off than I was the last time. So I took the plunge!

At first, I was more than just a bit disappointed when I saw the results…the finish looked WAY too flat…not much of an improvement over the acrylic from my rifle.

However, the hobby store guy made a big point of telling me that this paint requires “buffing” to bring out the shine. Sure enough, once it was dry—which only took about 10 minutes—a few seconds of buffing with a Facial Tissue and it began to shine. The frame and barrel looked “old and shiny” just the way I hoped it would. The second step is essentially a “clear coat” (Testor’s 1459) to seal and protect it.

HOWEVER… When it dried I decided to give the “now complete” revolver a good, protective coat of paste wax as I do with nearly ALL of my carvings. Unfortunately, that is where I discovered that lacquer based finishes DO NOT accept paste wax! The solvents therein attack the lacquer.

The antique brass colored paint that I had applied to the trigger guard was extremely sensitive and much of it just came off in the application rag. After a suitable amount of recovery time had expired—not for the finish, but for my psyche—I carefully re-sanded the trigger guard to ensure that the wax was completely gone and then reapplied the antique brass paint.

No more wax was applied after that!!!!!

Carvin’ Tom

-- Carvin' Tom, Pittsburgh, PA, No, I'm *not* retired. I am a "recycled teenager!"

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#15 posted 09-21-2013 06:27 PM

Very mark-able piece indeed

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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