|“||A modern reproduction of a vintage American ball-and-cap revolver. Single-action revolver with a slow rate of fire, excellent ranged performance, and the ability to fan-fire at high speed.|
1858 New Army
|Weapon Type||Secondary Weapon|
|Rank Prerequisites||Rank 58|
|Damage||60 → 35|
|Range||75 max → 140 min|
|Hip Accuracy|| |
|Sight Accuracy|| |
|Rate of Fire|| Semi: 140 RPM|
Fan fire: 350 RPM
The Remington 1858 New Model Army is a black powder revolver. What set it apart from other revolvers at the time was the easy access to the cylinder, done so by leaving the hammer at the down position, pulling the lever down halfway, pulling the base pin out, and slightly moving the hammer back to remove the cylinder. It was so relatively straightforward, in fact, that many soldiers and western legends used this feature to their advantage. The facility to remove cylinder also let it be able to reload all the 6 rounds at once, which was an incredible feat for the time. Another feature was the so-called "top-strap" design, which has some part of the gun go over the cylinder, which is said to improve the reliability and structural soundness of the New Army, unlike contemporary Colt revolvers, which had no top strap, and could not remove their cylinders as easily as the Remington's.
During the American Civil War, the 1858 revolver was in close competition with the Colt 1860 Army. Both sides of the war saw the advantages of the Remington 1858. By 1868, metallic cartridge conversions became available for the 1858 Revolver and its carbine variant, the Cattleman's Carbine. However, throughout the era of the Wild West, the older cap-and-ball design still remained in use.
There are reproduction variants of the 1858 and its carbine variant, the most well-known of whom are Uberti and Pietta, which are mainly used by reenactors. The model in-game is based on the brass-framed “Confederate” model from Pietta.
The 1858 New Army is a very powerful revolver, having very high damage at all distances. It has one of the longest one-shot headshot ranges of any non-sniper rifle weapon. It has a better range than both the Desert Eagle L5 and MP412 REX and can one-shot kill (1SK) to the head up to 127 studs. The New Army also features an alternate aim mode which restricts the user's ability to aim down sights (ADS) but allows the user to repeatedly fan the hammer, raising the rate of fire (RoF) to 350 RPM. This allows the New Army to perform much better in close-quarters-combat (CQC), allowing a following shot if prior rounds are missed. However, this results in having no reticle to aim with.
The 1858 New Army has the slowest RoF out of any revolver or pistol, at 140 RPM. Although powerful, if a user misses their shot or only lands a torso shot up close, the low RoF will often result in death. This severely affects the weapon's ability to deal with multiple targets at once. Its damage per second (DPS), excluding body shots, is lower than the likes of the REX or L5. This issue is exacerbated by its smaller capacity of 6 rounds. However, this is tied with the REX.
Usage & Tactics
The 1858 New Army, like the L5, is not like most sidearms. In fact, it is best used as a 'second primary', rather than a sidearm. It is best used at around 70-125 studs, where it can 2SK to the body and also 1SK to the head. It is highly recommended, if not a requirement, to aim for the head where possible. This ensures maximum lethality, as body shots are not always enough to down a target. It can be very punishing if a user misses their shots, so lining up shots when engaging enemies will tend to yield better results. At longer ranges, the user will have to counter for bullet drop.
However, in CQC, a user is unlikely to have such luxury. This is where the weapon falters, being far less potent as a backup weapon in CQC. A Laser would be appropriate, as it would combat this weakness to an extent, allowing the user to hipfire with better accuracy, potentially landing a headshot more frequently, although if the first shot misses, the user's chances of winning the engagement decrease dramatically. This can mostly be mitigated by using alternate aim where the player gains the ability to fan the hammer, allowing the ROF to be bumped up to 350RPM while still retaining enough accuracy to put all six shots in a tight area even at max firecap. Even so, this is not the easiest nor the most accurate way to aim the New Army as it is easy to oversample this firing rate and as such, it can still fall behind it's much more limber counterparts such as the MP412 REX in CQC.
The optic for 1858 New Army is beneficial as well, given the New Army's ability to kill people out to an impressive range. A user may prefer either the Delta or Mini Sight. Barrel attachments are of less importance, although still worth attaching if available, with the muzzle brake being attractive for lowering the already tame recoil when fanning the hammer in alternate aim.
The 1858 New Army is a revolver centered around precision and accuracy rather than volume of fire and CQC prowess, due to its incredibly slow RoF. It makes it up for this by having longer headshot range capabilities and more damage. When used properly in alternate aim however, It can readily compete with its counterparts with similar fire rate but with a much better overall accuracy.
Pros & Cons
- Impressive recoil control, even when fanning the hammer.
- Fastest reload time in-class.
- 1SK to the head out to 127 studs.
- 2SK anywhere out to 101 studs, 138 studs for a 2SK to the torso.
- Can 3SK at long range regardless of hit location.
- Can fan-fire at 350 RPM using the alternate aim.
- Sluggish RoF when not fan firing.
- Poor muzzle velocity.
- Iron sights only poke slightly above the rear notch; makes aiming precisely at longer distances very difficult without constant practice.
- Below average bodyshot TTK when not fan firing (at ~429 milliseconds).
- Fan firing compromises having a sight picture, leaving a user guessing where the bullet will land unless they have a laser.
- When looked at closely, the revolver's bullets do not appear in the cylinder.
- This is opposed to the Mateba 6, which has white rounds, and the MP412 REX, which has yellow rounds.
- Although there is an animation for single-action, the hammer is still dropped down and can be fired, like it is Double-Action only. This is due to limitations on the game engine's part, which only allow for back-and-forth motion when firing a gun outside of reloads.
- In the reloading animation, the base pin is never pulled out. Either the cylinder is held on by faith, or the character can't actually replace the cylinder as needed.
- When looking closely at the reload animation, the cylinder appears to clip out of the cylinder pin when reloading.
- When attaching the Ballistics Tracker, the attachment is only half-attached to the barrel.
- This is the oldest weapon in the game, first being produced in 1863 (the date in "Remington 1858 New Model Army" refers to when the design is patented, not when it was first produced).
- This is one of two weapons that have an option to not use metallic cartridges, originally using cap-and-ball ammunition. The other is the 1858 Carbine.
- This is the second revolver to be added to the game, the first being the MP412 REX.
- This weapon is the only weapon in-game to be held with one hand.
- This is due to the ergonomics of pistols back in the day favoring single handed use and is almost a necessity in American pistol design at the time as the people using them will most likely be on horseback or performing duties that require one hand to be free.
- The 1858 New Army's chambering in-game is incorrect; the 1858 New Army, in reality, can accept any chambering in .45 caliber, from .454 ball to .45 ACP to .45 Long Colt. While there were 1858s chambered in naval caliber (.36 caliber), there was never an 1858 New Army chambered in .357 Magnum.
- This error is likely due to the modern day replicas and remakes of western revolvers such as the Remington Model 1875, which was based on the Remington 1858, by Uberti and with these being able to be chambered in .357 Magnum.
- Many 1858 New Army revolvers were converted to fire rimfire or centerfire cartridges after the American Civil War. With the rise of smokeless powder and cartridge weapons, all that was needed to convert a cap-and-ball revolver was a replacement to the rear of the cylinder with individual firing pins. This would allow these revolvers to fire traditional cartridge rounds, which was usually .45 Long Colt. However, these would need to be loaded with "cowboy loads", under-loaded versions of a cartridge. The brass frames of these revolvers were not intended to be strong enough to survive something as powerful as a .45 Long Colt round being fired. Steel-frame versions of these revolvers can accept hotter .45 Long Colt loads.
- William "Buffalo Bill" Cody used a Remington 1858 chambered in .44 from 1863 to 1906.
- A test place update on 2019-23-5 gave the 1858 New Army a fan-fire option, available as an alternate aim mode. It appears to have an increased fire rate up to 350 RPM, making the 1858 a more practical weapon to use in close quarters.
- This was later implemented in the main game after the summer update of 2019.
- ↑ wikipedia:Remington Model 1858
- ↑ http://oldglorygunsmith.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/weapons-of-choice-remington-model-1858.html
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remington_Model_1875#Modern_Reproduction
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