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 Post subject: Army Revolver Test Of 1875
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:48 am 
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Since no comparisons had been made , a board of Capt. J. P. Farley and Lt. James Rockwell Jr. met at Springfield Arsenal on Feb 23 1876 to test the model 1875 Remington revolver against the Schofield and the 73 Colt.

The first test was loading and ejecting, consisting of starting with empty chambers and ending with empty chambers, the time required to fire 18 shots.
Schofield--59 seconds
Colt--1 minute, 54 seconds
Remington--1 minute 55 seconds

The dust test...firing 12 rounds after the revolvers had been shaken in fine dust and 6 more rounds after a second dusting
Colt--worked freely
Schofield--loaded with difficulty after second dusting
Remington--ejector bound and took much force to load after second dusting

Rusting test...dipped in solution of sal ammoniac for 10 minutes and then exposed for 48 hours...firing 12 rounds and repeating the test
Schofield--loaded and ejected with difficulity on first test and could not be fired at all in the second test
Colt--worked with no difficulity in first test and required cylinder the cylinder to be forced around in second test
Remington--worked without difficulity fisrt test...second test required cylinder to be forced around...ejector stuck when
forced into the chamber and the trigger bound.

Endurance test-- 250 rounds fired with a short cooling time every 50 rounds
Colt--worked without the least difficulity
Schofield--clogged slightly after 180th round, but clogging didnot increase
Remington--clogged in the cylinder after 162nd round and worked with some difficulity there after

Fouling--after the 250 round test, revolvers remained uncleaned for 48 hours, after which 50 rounds were fired from each
allowing arm to cool after the 12th, 24th and 36th rounds
Colt--considerably fouled but worked without difficulty
Schofield--considerably fouled but worked withoout difficulity
Remington--" appeared less badly fouled than the other 2. Infiring the first 6 rounds, the cylinder did not revolve readily.
The 12 to the 18 rounds required both hands to hold the revolver while cocking. In firing the last 14 rounds, the base
the base pin stuck somewhat due to the fouling at the front of the cylinder about the base pin".

Information taken from the Army and Navy Journal of Feb 10th, 1877


 Post subject: Re: Army Revolver Test Of 1875
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:40 am 
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Great find!!

So now with all that data gathered, which revolver performed best overall? Seems to me the 75 Remington performed the worst, and the Colt narrowly beat out the Schofield, overall. Are the results of this test the reason the army stayed with the Colt for so long?

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 Post subject: Re: Army Revolver Test Of 1875
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:06 pm 
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A added factor earned by Colt was the simplicity of the design and its ability to be taken apart and put back together more easily than a Schofield. (Having disassembled a Schofield for rebluing, I would agree. :) )

The Army and Navy liked that, and stayed with it until the .38 LC M1892 (and modifications) until they recognized a need for a bigger caliber and "automatic" with the trials of 1907 where Colt won out over Savage.


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