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Scarce Model 1797 Miles for Pennsylvania Flintlock with Drum Conversion
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Here is a gun that you very seldom encounter. This is the version that is described on page 543 of the 9th addition of Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms. This is the gun that was made under contract for the state, or at the time Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These guns were authorized by the state government under a legislative act of 1797. These guns are directly pattern after the French model 1763 Charleville musket. The specifications are basically the same as the US model 1798 contract guns. The state government authorized 20,000 muskets to be constructed for state militia use. Historians have been able to find contracts that total 19,000 guns but the actual delivery quantities are as of yet unknown. Flayderman lists 18 makers for these guns with this gun being produced by the firm owned by John Miles. The lock plate is very crisply marked with Miles stamping behind the hammer. It also has the large "CP" stamping to do note being made for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This one was converted to percussion later on in life so it could still be used. They did the conversion using a drum style conversion and it has a very cool handmade hammer. You often see this style of conversion referred to as Confederate and it very well could be. This one has the drum but you can tell that the nipple has been missing for eons. The barrel is 43-3/4th inches in overall length. At the breech of the barrel it has the sunken proof mark where it was approved for military use. The gun has all 3 of the original barrel bands intact as well both of the sling swivels. There is a nicely made reproduction ramrod in the channel underneath the barrel the stock of the gun has a gorgeous dark tone all over. This is fine looking gun from all angles that will display well on your relic room wall

Item #: B760
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