UNMARKED PERCUSSION MODEL 1817 “COMMON RIFLE”

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Item Code: 482-338

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This weapon was made by several contractors from about 1817 to about 1840’s with a total of 38,200 being made. Most Model 1817 “Common Rifles” were made in the flintlock configuration but this one was made as a percussion weapon and IS NOT a conversion. Though the lock is unmarked it was made by the firm of Deringer in Philadelphia.

The weapon is .54 caliber and meas. approx. 51.50 inches long overall. It has an iron barrel that was originally finished brown but that is now semi-bright with heavy mottling. Some of the original color remains behind the top barrel band. Barrel has a notched rear sight and one flip-up leaf while the front sight is an iron blade sight with mortised base. Barrel is marked with a “P” only on the left side of the breech and is held to the stock by two flat barrel bands and a double top band all of which are correct and held in place by band springs. Bands match the barrel in color. Bore is dark and dirty with no signs of pitting. Rifling is excellent.

The lockplate is devoid of any markings and has a dark patina that matches the bolster and the barrel. Original nipple is present and in good condition. Hammer matches the rest of the weapon. It holds at half and full-cock and falls properly when trigger is squeezed.

The walnut stock has a large oval patchbox in the right cheek that contains an extra nipple. The stock is in overall good condition. Along the right side of the stock between the first and middle band there is a small sliver of wood approx. an inch long missing from the stock where it meets the barrel. This is an old chip and the exposed wood has aged with the rest of the stock. The center of the left side of the cheek has a narrow gouge or closed crack approx. 1.50 inches long. Again, this is an old imperfection and the exposed wood matches the rest of the stock causing the blemish to be subdued.

Iron buttplate and triggerguard are present and match the rest of the metal on the weapon. Iron ramrod is full length and has a screw-in brass tip. Ramrod is original to the weapon.

Attached to the weapon is a leather Civil War era sling in worn but good condition.

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