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The Remington Rolling Block rifle is a breech-loading rifle that was produced from the mid-1860s into the early 20th century by E. Remington and Sons (later Remington Arms Company). The action was extremely strong, and could easily withstand the increased pressure of the new smokeless powders coming into use by the late 1880s.

Remington Rolling Block rifle
Gevär m-1867 Sverige (Typexemplar serienummer 1 - Armémuseum).jpg
TypeRolling block rifle
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service1867–1918[citation needed]
WarsAmerican Indian Wars, Franco-Prussian War, Russo-Turkish War, South African Wars (1879–1915), War of the Pacific, Cuban War of Independence, Philippine Revolution, Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War, Mexican Revolution, Italo-Turkish War, World War I
Production history
ManufacturerRemington Arms Company
Mass9.25 lb (4.20 kg)
Length50.4 in (1,280 mm) to 53.3 in (1,350 mm)
Barrel length35.7 in (910 mm) to 37.4 in (950 mm)

Cartridge.58 Berdan
.50-45 Carbine
12.7×45mmR Pontificio
12.17×42 mm RF
.43 Spanish
.43 Egyptian
8×58mmR Danish Krag
8×50mmR Lebel
11×59mmR Gras
.303 British
7.65×53mm Argentine
.30-40 Krag
.30-06 Springfield
.30 Remington
7×57mm Mauser
6.5mm Daudeteau No. 12
.236 Remington
11 mm Danish Various Target/Sporting/Hunting Calibers
ActionRolling block, Breech-loading, single-shot
SightsRear ramp & leaf sight, blade front sight

It was made in a variety of calibers, both rimfire and centerfire, including the 12.17x42 mm rimfire, 12.17x44 mm rimfire and 12.17x44 mm rimmed centerfire Swedish and Norwegian cartridges, .43 Spanish (11.15x58mmR), .50-70, .40-70, .45-70 and later in .22 caliber. Later models were produced in .30-06 Springfield, 7×57mm Mauser, and 8×50mmR Lebel.


Service rifleEdit

In 12.17x42mmRF and 12.18x44mmRF (two cartridges that were interchangeable), and towards the end of its service life also 8x58mmR Danish Krag centerfire, it served as the standard service rifle of the Swedish Army from 1867 to the mid-1890s (when it was replaced by the Swedish Mauser) and in Norway as the standard service rifle from 1867 to the mid-1880s (when it was replaced by the M1884 Jarmann). In .43 Spanish it was the chief service arm of the Spanish Army from 1870–1893, and was used by reserve and militia forces for many years thereafter. Many Rolling Block rifles were used by Argentina before being replaced in 1891 by the new 7.65mm Mauser, and were also widely used by Egypt and Mexico. During the Franco-Prussian War, France acquired 210,000 Rolling Block rifles to make up for a shortage of the standard-issue Chassepot.[1]

Remington Rolling-Block breech

Sweden and Norway (at that time in a union, the United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway) adopted the rifle in 1867, being among the very first nations to adopt the Remington rolling block as their standard military rifle, and large numbers of Remington rolling block rifles and carbines were produced under license in Sweden and Norway. Around 250,000 military rifles and carbines and 85,000 civilian rifles in Sweden, were produced by Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori (a government arsenal) and Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag, and about 53,000 military rifles in Norway by Kongsberg Vaapenfabrik.

Like Sweden and Norway, Denmark adopted the rifle in 1867 in 11x41,5mmRF (11 mm caliber).[2] Initially the Royal Danish Army bought 40,000 rifles and 1800 carbines in the United States between 1867-68. Later 31,551 rifles and about 4,600 carbines were made at the government owned riffle factory in Copenhagen. Production was halted in 1888 and the last rifles were decommissioned in 1940.[3] In Danish service it was replaced by the M/1889 Krag-Jørgensen.

During World War I, the British Royal Navy purchased 4,500 Rolling Block rifles in 7mm Mauser from Remington's leftover stock after production had ended, issuing them to the crews of minesweepers and Q-ships.[4] In November 1914, production of the Rolling Block was resumed, in the form of a French contract for rifles in 8×50mmR Lebel, designated by France as "Fusil Remington modèle 1914". 100,291 such rifles were delivered by 1916, and used to equip rear-line troops.[5]

Civilian useEdit

Along with the Sharps rifle it was one of two rifles probably used more than any other by the buffalo hunters who hunted the American bison herds in the 1870s and 1880s.

Civilian Remington rolling block rifles, and later surplus military rifles, became very popular among hunters in Scandinavia, particularly for moose hunting, with ammunition for the rifles being commonly available on the civilian market into the 1920s-1930s.

Military usersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad Mercaldo, Luke; Firestone, Adam; Vanderlinden, Anthony (2011). Allied Rifle Contracts in America. Wet Dog Publications. p. 165. ISBN 0-9707997-7-2.
  2. ^ "Cartridge: Danish Remington". Arma Dania: The Virtual Museum of Danish Arms and Armour. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Bagladeriffel af model 1867 (Remington)". Arma Dania: The Virtual Museum of Danish Arms and Amour. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ Mercaldo, Luke; Firestone, Adam; Vanderlinden, Anthony (2011). Allied Rifle Contracts in America. Wet Dog Publications. p. 168. ISBN 0-9707997-7-2.
  5. ^ Mercaldo, Luke; Firestone, Adam; Vanderlinden, Anthony (2011). Allied Rifle Contracts in America. Wet Dog Publications. p. 169. ISBN 0-9707997-7-2.
  6. ^ Marcot, Roy (2005). The History of Remington Firearms: The History of One of the World's Most Famous Gun Makers. Lyons Press. p. 54. ISBN 1592286909.
  7. ^ McLachlan, Sean (2011). Armies of the Adowa Campaign 1896: The Italian Disaster in Ethiopia. Osprey Publishing. p. 35. ISBN 1849084572.
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  9. ^ Giletta, Jacques (2005). Les Gardes Personnelles des Princes de Monaco (1st ed.). Taurus Editions. ISBN 2 912976-04-9.

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