Production Information

Remington Arms Company


Rolling Block rifle

Technical Specifications
Total length

50.4 in (1,280mm) - 53.3 in (1,350mm)

Barrel length

35.7 in (910mm) - 37.4 in (950mm)

Loaded weight



Rolling Block, Breechloading, single shot


.58 Berdan


.50-45 carbine

12.7x45mmR Pontificio

12.17x42mm RF



.43 Spanish

.43 Egyptian




.303 British

7.65x53mm Argentine

.30-40 Krag


.30 Remington

7x57mm Mauser

6.5mm Daudeteau No 12

.236 Remington

11mm Danish

Year introduced


The Remington Rolling Block rifle was a breech-loading rifle 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 lare 1880s.

History Edit

It was made in a variety of calibers, both rimfire and centerfire, including the 12.17x42mm rimfire, 12.17x44mm rimfire and 12.17x44mm rimmed centerfire Swedish and Norwegian cartridges, .43 Spanish (11.15x58mmR), .50-70, .45-70, and later in .22 caliber. Later versions were made in .30-.06 Springfield, 7x57mm Mauser, and 8x50mmR Lebel.

In 12.17x42mmRF and 12.18x44mmRF, and in the 1890s also 8x58mmR Danish Krag centerfire, it was the standard Swedish Army service rifle from 1867 to the mid 1890s until replacement by the Swedish Mauser. It was also the Norwegian standard service rifle from 1867 to the mid 1880s, when it was replaced by the Jarmann M1884. In .43 Spanish it was the standard Spanish Army rifle from 1870 to 1893 and was used by reserves and militia for several years afterwards. The Rolling Block was used by Argentina, Egypt and Mexico. They also were the standard service rifle of the Danish Army. During the Franco-Prussian War, France bought 210,000 rifles to make up for a shortage of the Chassepot[1].

The United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway adopted the rifle in 1867. Large numbers of rifles were license made in Sweden and Norway. 250,000 military rifles and carbines were manufactured in Sweden by Carl Gustafs Stads Gevarsfaktori, a government aresenal, and Husqvarna Vapenfabriks. 53,000 were made in Norway by Kongsberg Vaapenfabrik. Civilian rifles were popular among Scandinavian hunters for moose hunting.

During World War I, the Royal Navy bought 4,500 rifles in 7mm Mauser and issued them to the crews of minesweepers and Q-Ships.[2] In November 1914, the French produced rifles in a contract in 8.50mmR Lebel, designated as the Fusil Remington modele 1914. By 1916, 100,291 were delivered and used to equip rear area troops.[3]

References Edit

  1. Mercaldo, Luke; Firestone, Adam; Vanderlinden, Anthony (2011). Allied Rifle Contracts in America. Wet Dog Publications. p. 165. ISBN 0-9707997-7-2.
  2. Mercaldo, Luke; Firestone, Adam; Vanderlinden, Anthony (2011). Allied Rifle Contracts in America. Wet Dog Publications. p. 168. ISBN 0-9707997-7-2.
  3. Mercaldo, Luke; Firestone, Adam; Vanderlinden, Anthony (2011). Allied Rifle Contracts in America. Wet Dog Publications. p. 169. ISBN 0-9707997-7-2.

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