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Beautiful Arsenal Altered US Model 1817 Common Rifle by Johnson
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This one is a beauty! This gun is the model 1817 weapon that is known to collectors as the "Common Rifle". They get this nickname not because they are common but so they could be separated from the Hall rifle made during the same timeframe. This one has the clear US stamp on the lock plate as well as a portion of the Middletown, Connecticut location of production. You can still see the crisp mark of the Robert Johnson maker mark in front of the hammer. The lock is marked in three lines forward of the hammer R JOHSNON / U S / MIDDN CONN in an arc around a {Spread-Winged Eagle} and dated 1823 vertically at tail. This gun would have been part of his 1819 contract to produce 5,000 of these guns for the Government. Behind the hammer you can see the majority of the production date of 1823 stamped into the metal. The action of the lock plate works catches on both positions. When this gun left the factory it was in the flintlock configuration. It was converted later on to percussion by the style of conversion that added a whole new bolster, The gun is designed to fire a .54 caliber rifled bullet from the full-length 36 inch round barrel secured by three flat spring-retained bands. The barrel has a very good bore with strong rifling and moderate oxidation. On the back of the barrel near the breech plug, the barrel tang is dated 1824. Also at the breech, it is marked with the clear "US / JM / P" proofs and inspection marks. These guns were finished with the factory brown and color casehardened finish, with the iron furniture on the one piece walnut wood stock. The stock has a fine used but not abused look. There is the cartouche on counterpane that appears to be the script "JM" of the inspector, Justin Murphy. The barrel still retains original fixed notch rear sight, steel rifle musket style front sight. On the underside of the gun, it has both of the original sling swivels and a full-length trumpet shaped brass tipped steel ramrod with good threads on the end. This one is a beautiful piece and is a few steps above most of the ones that you will encounter.

Item #: B7082
Shipping Weight: 25 lbs
Price Was: 3450 Sale Price: $2,500.00 USD
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