Some Remington portables do not carry the Remington name.
In the early 1900s, Remington gained control of the Smith Premier typewriter company and also introduced the Monarch frontstroke typewriter.
The new 1875 Remington differed mainly from the older 1858 percussion model by having a bored through cylinder chambered for metallic cartridges.
They were produced in bewildering variety, with a wide range of names and minor variations.
(Remington's strategy for surviving the Depression seems to have been to flood the market with every conceivable variant of its two basic portable designs.) What follows is an attempt to systematize what I know about portable typewriters made by Remington before World War II.
Thus, in 1875, Remington entered the cartridge revolver market with this big-frame, army style revolver, intended to compete with the Colt Peacemaker.
Introduced to compete with Colt's single-action Army revolvers, this Remington design failed to meet with the commercial success made by Colt's model due to the Hartford firm's two-year head start in production and sales.
The model 31L was a lightweight version featuring an aluminum receiver and trigger housing. Property" on the left side of the receiver and had an approximate serial number range of 51000-63000.
During World War II Remington produced a Model 31 riot gun for military use. Except for a single prototype, no Model 31 trench guns were produced.Also known as the "Improved Army" or "Frontier Army" revolver, this single-action was a competitor to Colt's popular Single Action Army line. government purchased fewer than 650 for use by Indian police, and another 1000 were sold to the Mexican government circa 1880.By the time of its introduction, however, Colt had already secured contracts with the U. Army, and Remington was forced to seek other markets. The Egyptian government contracted for delivery of 10,000, but few were produced and delivered due to significant unpaid debts owed by the Egyptians for Rolling Block rifles.The Model 31 was made in three gauges with 121,000 12-gauge models made and 75,000 16- and 20-gauge examples also produced.The Federal Bureau of Investigation acquired one Model 31 per office in 1935 in response to the Kansas City Massacre.These names were perpetuated through the 1930s, so that there are "Smith Premier" and "Monarch" versions of many Remington models.