This Remington started out as a percussion revolver prior to the American Civil War. It was introduced as a heavy (or large) , 6 shot, .44 caliber, single action revolver, which was touted by many experts to be the most accurate and powerful handgun of their time.
One of the key advantages of this revolver was the easy to switch out cylinder which allowed for quick reloading of the weapon. Watch the final gunfight scene in the movie Pale Rider to get the drift. Clint Eastwood’s character carries the 1858 as his preferred sidearm. The preferred weapon of the Western legend, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, has been enhanced by drop-in conversion kits which allows the shooter to shoot conventional cartridges such as the .45 Colt and .45 Schofield without any major modification required to the frame.