Topic: Remington Rolling Block
Ever since I started researching the 1871 US military action in Korea (신미양요) seventeen years ago, I became fascinated with the Remington rolling block, which was a black powder cartridge firearm. The one used in Korea was the .50-45 Navy carbine, so that was the one I was especially interested in. It is an extremely rare item and, if you can ever find one, it is either expensive and/or a fake. I've shot a .50-45 RRB saddle ring carbine for a few years and I love it, but I really wanted to see what a Navy carbine felt like; well, I don't have the serious cash needed to purchase an original, so I'm building my own reproduction, using both original and new parts.
I found a "new old" barrel (original, but never used) and had an original RRB action converted to a Navy carbine style. The Navy was different from all other actions, in that the extractor was on the very bottom of the breech block (others were on the sides). I tried attaching the barrel to the action, but it would only go up to within a revolution of complete, but stuck there. I took it to a local gunsmith, who got them separated, but he also couldn't get it any closer; it seems as though the barrel and action are slightly different models (even though the place I got the action from is THE expert place for RRBs, so they should have gotten it right). Well, long story short, I have another action, which we might be able to switch the breech blocks with, but it's not a slam-dunk deal. In any case, here are pics of my Navy carbine parts (and a video of my saddle ring carbine).