.46 CALIBER BALLARD CARBINE

$1,200.00

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Item Code: 172-4603

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This Ballard carbine is a .46 caliber, rimfire, single shot, breechloading arm produced between 1867-1869. Ballard arms (rifles and carbines) were invented and patented by Charles H. Ballard of Worcester, Mass in November 1861. Early models did see service in the Civil War, especially with the State of Kentucky.

This Ballard rifle stamped with serial #18645 on the rounded frame and barrel has a 22” long round barrel fitted with a two-piece, black walnut stock. Shoulder stock in good original condition with minor wear from use. A single brass tack has been added atop the comb about 2 ½” in front of the butt plate tang. Forestock shows slightly more wear with a 2 ¾” sliver missing on the top, right side leading to the frame. Also a hairline crack runs about 1” forward from the ejector knob on the bottom. Gun measures about 38” in total length. Has the external cartridge extractor on underside, which still works well. Barrel has a dark gray surface with scattered light oxidation overall. Receiver is slightly brighter with spotty darker patches.

Markings on the top of barrel and frame feature the serial number as well as “No. 46” on top of receiver. Maker marks on left side read “MERRIMACK ARMS & MFG. CO. / NEWBURYPORT, MASS. / BALLARD’S PATENT / NOV. 5, 1861.” No cartouches visible. Features “split” breechblock at hammer and dual percussion/rimfire ignition system. The hammer is stamped “PATENTED JAN. 5, 1864” on the left side. This “dual” system allowed for use of rimfire ammunition or “cap and ball” ammunition. The percussion cap nipple is missing from the breech block. There is a flip-up rear sight at breech and brass blade sight at muzzle. Rifle mechanics strong and operate smoothly. Bore is clear with light pitting. Moderate rifling. No sling swivels. Screw heads in good shape.

A seldom encountered weapon with patented “dual ignition” system.  [jet]

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