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PUBLISHED! New Jersey Attributed Civil War Turner Percussion Rifle & Bayonet
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Here is your opportunity to own a beautiful example of a scarce Civil War rifle. This is the rifle that is known to collectors as the "Turner Bahn Frei" rifle. The Turnverein (or simply Turners in America) were nationalistic German-American gymnastics (athletic) clubs. In addition to doing athletics. They were also involved in shooting and military drills. The areas with the heavily German populated demographics also use the guns during the American Civil War. Because of their design, most of the time they are damaged and repaired, but this one is beautiful from all angles. This gun measures 47 inches in overall length. It fires a bullet of about .44 caliber from the full-length 31 inch long octagonal barrel with the original elevation adjustable rear site. The rifling is still nice and crisp. It is full-stocked with the German silver mountings. The barrel still retains some of the original thick brown patina. It has a beautiful walnut stock that has the raised cheek rest on reverse. The gun has the original crescent-style buttplate. It has the back action design percussion lock and hammer. It utilizes the double set triggers. These triggers were designed for accurate target shooting. The ones that went into Civil War service were often used for sharpshooting. The lock is clearly marked J. WURFFLEIN PHILADa in a single line, and the top barrel flat is marked in one line with three separate dies: JOHN J. WURFFLEIN PHILADa. The mechanics of the actions still works correctly. It has the flip up rear sight with a dove tailed front blade. It has the more modern made replacement brass ramrod in the channel under the barrel. The barrel is designed with the bayonet bar at muzzle to accept a saber bayonet. This rifle has the bayonet bar and is accompanied by the classic Bowie style bayonet. These bayonets are highly desired by collectors because of their fierce design and scarcity. It has the brass handle with the words "BAHN-FREI" cast into the ribbed brass grip. It still has the spring style attachment on the reverse. The blade is full-length at 17 inches and it measures 22-1/4th inches overall. These bayonets were hand fitted to the rifles and this one goes onto the barrel lug but doesn't seat all the way down as you can see in the images. The gun has the assembly number "21" on the barrel and buttplate and the bayonet is stamped "28". The rifle is from the collection of author Thomas B. Rentschler, author of RIFLES & BLADES of the GERMAN-AMERICAN MILITIA & the CIVIL WAR. The rifle is pictured and described on page 77 of that book, as figure 21. Rentschler acquired the rifle directly from the estate of Colonel John H. Willets of Bridgeton, New Jersey. Willets was born in 1834. He attended West Point for 1 year and then entered Jefferson College where he received a medical degree. In 1861 he joined the 7th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry as a Captain. In August of 1862 he was appointed Colonel of the 12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. Willets was discharged due to injury from multiple wounds in December of 1864. Willets returned to his work as a doctor and then followed a political career, serving in the New Jersey House and Senate. Colonel Willets died in 1926 and his extensive collection of personal items, weapons, Civil War memorabilia and uniforms was sold at an estate sale in 1999. This is when Rentschler acquired the gun. The gun and bayonet are accompanied by a brief printout on the service of Willetts and there is an image of him as well. This is a great gun with bayonet.

Item #: A7805
Shipping Weight: 30 lbs
Your Price:$3,950.00 USD
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