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I HAVE THIS OLD GUN ...

REMINGTON NEW MODEL 1889
SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN

GUN: REMINGTON NEW MODEL 1889 SHOTGUN
CHAMBERING: 12 GAUGE
SERIAL NUMBER: 2041XX
MANUFACTURED: C. 1900-1901
CONDITION: 70 PERCENT - NRA GOOD/VERY GOOD (MODERN GUN STANDARDS)
VALUE: $950 TO $1,150

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merica's oldest firearm company, Remington
Arms, celebrated its 200th anniversary in
2016 with an impressive array of commemoratives. As pretty as they are, one of the most
graceful 19th century firearms ever assembled by
the original Ilion, N.Y., factory was the New Model
1889 side-by-side shotgun, with its twin, distinctively curved "C"-shaped hammers. This was the
last of Remington's exposed-hammer doubles, a
series that started with the Model 1873 Whitmore
"Hammer Lifter" that utilized a European-style,
tang-mounted lever to open the breech and
concluded with the Model 1889 that-while not
the rarest-remains a classic example of lateVictorian American sporting shotguns.
With its matted rib, rebounding hammers, casehardened sideplates, handcheckered pistol grip and fore-end with
Deeley & Edge latch, plus sporting an
extractor and choke bored for nitro or
blackpowder 25⁄8" shells, the Model 1889
was the right shotgun at the right time.
In 1888, E. Remington & Sons went
bankrupt, and, after being purchased
by firearm entrepreneur Marcus
Hartley and partners, the Model
1889 was one of the first guns to

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bear the newly reorganized Remington Arms Co.
stamp. A total of 134,200 of these popular shotguns were produced between 1888 (when the first
38 guns were shipped) and 1908.
The Model 1889 was offered in 10 and 12
gauges, with a 16 gauge brought out briefly;
in addition, a few rare 28 gauges are known to
exist. Barrel lengths were 28", 30" and 32". Seven
grades were available, beginning with Grade 1
with decarbonized (fluid) steel barrels, Grade 2
sporting twist steel and Grade 3, and above, featuring Damascus steel barrels. Grades 4 and above
had increasing amounts of engraving. The initial
price for a Grade 1 was $14.95, a Grade 2 was $21
and a Grade 3 would set you back $23.
Unfortunately, this Model 1889 Grade 1 example
was poorly stored, with portions of the upper barrels exposed to moisture. However, internally it is
pristine, and there is enough original wood finish,
casehardening and bluing remaining to indicate
a judicious cleaning would result in a noticeable
upgrade in condition. But even in its current state,
it is easily worth $950 to $1,150. Interestingly,
it was purchased at Lock Stock & Barrel online
auctions (lsbauctions.com) for $880, proving that
used gun bargains can still be found.
-RICK HACKER, FIELD EDITOR

AMERICAN RIFLEMAN

Photos by author


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