M1860/64/68 Norwegian/Swedish Remington
(also occationally refered to as M1864/68 and as 1860-64-68 års gevär)
(Photos of this fine rifle are courtesy of Paul E. Pelfrey http://www.angelfire.com/nt/cruffler
Paul is a Good Guy ... worth paying him the visit!!)
GENERALLY: I don't have difinitive information, but I believe
that the M1860/64/68 Norwegian/Swedish Remington Rolling Block rifle is
a product of the conversion of earlier chamberloading rifles (e.g., the
& M1860-67 Lund (aka Landmark)) to the Remington system.
Nomenclature is not definite, but I have adopted that of Sr. Massimo Pagani
from Armi Lunghe D'Ordinanza 1841-1890, Guida Practica All'Identificazionne
(Ordnance Shoulder Arms 1841-1890, A Practical Guide to their Identification), Massimo Pagani, 350 pages, published by the author, Brescia, Italy, 1997. He suggests that as part of the conversion, the barrel was shortened some 110 millimeters, accounting for the unique and distinctive placement of the rear sight and rear barrle band.
PHOTO: The rifle shown at top in the above photo is a M1860/64/68 Norwegian Remington rolling block rifle converted from the earlier percussion chamber loading rifle. This particular rifle was manufactured in 1869 by Carl Gustafs Stads Gevarsfaktori (Carl Gustaf State Armory), Eskilstuna, Sweden.
DISTINGUISHING CHARECTERISTICS: When the conversions were
undertaken the barrels and forestocks were shortened from the rear forward
without moving the rear sight or lower barrel band thus giving the M1860/64/68
a bit of a "schrunched-up" shortened look!
Excellent view of the right side of the rifle showing manufacture/conversion date of 1869 (Crown over "C: denotes Carl Gustaf armory) and illustrating the M1860/64/68's most notable feature, the extremely short section of forestock and barrel between the receiver and lower barrel band which is the result of shortning the barrel at the breech end when the rifles were converted from the earlier chamberloaders, but not bothering to move the rear sight nor re-stock the barrel. A very simple conversion but it places the rear sight very close to the receiver!
Another interesting point is that the receiver itself is very strongly
beveled to meet
the forestock wood. Compare this receiver to the M1867 Norway/Swedish Remington
and the side by side photo on the accompanying page of additional photos linked below.
The bayonet lug is carried on the left side of the barrel, another distinction of this
conversion rifle from the newly built M1867 Norway/Swedish Remington.
M1860/64/68 Norwegian Remington Rolling Block pics:
Page built Jan 25, 1999
Revised April 18, 1999
Revised October 2, 1999
Fully re-built January 6, 2001