Crosman Remington Model 1875 Part 2
The Three Horsemen – Colt, S&W and Remington Compared
By Dennis Adler
Crosman Remington Model 1875 Part 1
Crosman Remington Model 1875 Part 3
Colt built more Peacemakers between 1873 and 1879 than all the Remington Model 1875, 1888, and 1890 Single Actions combined. Even the S&W Schofield and all of the Model No. 3 Americans, Russians, and New Model No. 3 Single Actions produced from 1872 to 1912 take a far backseat to the Peacemaker for production. However, it was the 1875 Remington that maintained the company’s presence in the large caliber single action revolver market throughout the 1870s and 1880s. It seems only just that of the three CO2 powered Western revolvers available today that the 1875 Remington should be among them. Even coming in third in the Old West, when there were many choices and not too much money to be spent on a pistol, says something about the prestige of carrying a Remington. It was tough to beat Colt’s “Old Reliable” when deciding on the purchase of a new gun. You can say the same thing today of the Peacemaker, Schofield and Model 1875 Remington, when choosing among these three excellent CO2 BB and pellet cartridge-firing revolvers.
Inch for inch, ounce for ounce
The 7-1/2 inch Umarex Colt Peacemaker has a rifled barrel and shoots only pellets. The Schofield and 1875 Remington have smoothbore barrels, 7.0 inches for the Schofield and 7-1/4 inches for the 1875 Remington, with internal barrel lengths of 6.75 inches for the Peacemaker (measured from the front of the cylinder to the recessed 4.5mm muzzle), 6-1/2 inches for the Schofield, and 6-3/4 inches for the 1875 Remington. Both the Schofield and Remington can shoot either BB or pellet cartridges (although as of this writing the pellet cartridges for the Schofield are not available). The 1875 Remington comes with six of each, which are marked on the rims for BBs and pellets, the latter with a pellet symbol. Unfortunately, just as it was in the Old West, the cartridges for the Schofield and Colt are incompatible, and in the case of the CO2 models, the 1875 BB and pellet rounds are also unique to the gun, so there is no interchangeability between these three revolvers. I know the 1875 Remington and Colt Peacemaker pellet shells look the same (except for the Colt’s being silver in color), but upon closer inspection you will see that the rim thicknesses are different on all three cartridges. History repeats itself.
For quick handling almost nothing can rival a Colt Single Action, particularly in the CO2 lineup. The Peacemaker has a hammer draw of 4 pounds, 8 ounces average, and an almost hairpin 2 pound, 8 ounce, average trigger pull. The Schofield counters with a short, light hammer draw of 3 pounds, 13 ounces, and a light 3 pound, 5 ounce, average trigger pull. As to which is faster clearing leather, it’s all a matter of skills and preferences. As for the 1875 Remington, average hammer draw measured 4 pounds, 11.5 ounces, and trigger pull 3 pounds, 12.5 ounces, putting it almost dead square between the Peacemaker and Schofield. That’s the technical side, but when it comes to skinning that smokewagon, the Schofield is harder to handle and one would be hard pressed to separate the 7-1/2 inch Colt and 7-1/4 inch Remington when it comes to speed. While a gun is only as fast as the person using it, most folks would take their oath on the Colt.
Next is the comparative weight and overall length of each gun. The alloy Peacemaker tips the scales at 34 ounces, the Schofield at 36.5 ounces and the 1875 Remington at 35 ounces, again right in the middle. If we were to compare the cartridge models, the weight of a 7-1/2 inch Peacemaker averaged 36 ounces, a Schofield around 44 ounces, and a Remington an average of 42 ounces (with comparable barrel lengths). Considering that the airguns are all-alloy construction, they are well within the ballpark, but the Colt hits the home run for being closest to the actual weight. Overall length of all three is within less than an inch of the cartridge guns.
What’s in your holster?
We are faced with the same decision between three excellent American handguns that the U.S. Cavalry had to make in the 1870s. They ultimately stayed with the Colt Single Action Army, but also purchased and issued thousands of S&Ws (No. 3 American and Schofield models) and 1875 Remingtons. Cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws made the same choices and Remington always finished a solid third. How the .177 caliber version finished in the shootout will be revealed Saturday in Part 3.