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Authentic Confederate Manufactured or Used Swords and Firearms of the Civil War
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Beautiful Matching 1861 Dated Harpers Ferry Iron Mounted 2-Band Rifle
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Here is your chance to own one of the most desirable military rifles of the Civil War era. This is the coveted US model 1855 percussion rifle that was manufactured at the famous Harpers Ferry Arsenal. According to Flayderman's guide, he states that they only produced 5150 of these with the iron mountings like this one. The barrel is full-length at 33 inches and has the crisp 58 caliber rifle in on the inside. At the breech of the barrel you can see the inspector stampings hat include the Eagles head as well as the "VP". On the top of the barrel it has the 1861 production date still visible. Along the top of the barrel it has the original front and rear sights intact. At the breech of the barrel it has the correct short pattern US model 1858 sight intact with both leaves. On the right-hand side of the barrel it has the lug intact to allow the gun to be used with the saber style bayonet. The lock plate of the gun is intact and complete. It has the vividly clear production date of 1861 stamped behind the hammer. In front of the hammer it has the distinctive door that opens up to allow the use of the Maynard style primer cap rolls that were intended to replace the percussion caps. The outside of the door has the deeply stamped union style Eagle. In front of the door. It has the desirable Arsenal stamp that reads "US HARPER'S FERRY". The mechanics of the lock work fluidly and all positions. The gun has both of the sling swivels intact and they both still pivot. In the channel underneath the barrel it has the original full-length ramrod that is in excellent condition. On the flat of the shoulder stock it has the iron, patch box remaining and when you open it up you see there is still an extra nipple on the inside. The stock of the gun has a gorgeous dark tone all over with an attractive furniture grade appearance to the Walnut wood. On the flat of the stock, opposite of the lockplate, you can see the remnants of the inspector cartouche stamps. These guns have always been desirable and even more so because of the 1861 date on the lock plate. The records show that 420 of these iron mounted model 1855 Springfield 2 band rifles were delivered prior to the state of Virginia taking over the Armory in mid-April of 1861. It is believed that some of them were used by the South during the Civil War. This one is in exceptional original gun of a scarce type that any collector would truly appreciate.

Item #: B4983
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