AUSTRIAN MODEL 1849 LONG RIFLE-ALSO KNOWN AS THE “GARIBALDI RIFLE”

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Item Code: 934-29

These .71 weapons were produced in Austria and sold in large numbers to Garibaldi’s Italian revolutionaries hence the name. When the Civil War broke out in the US these weapons were bought by Northern arms procurers and modified to percussion in Liege before shipment to the US.

Weapon meas. approx. 48.00 inches long overall and has a 32.50 inch round barrel with a blade front sight at top and a bayonet lug on the right side of the muzzle. The barrel surface is semi-bright with spotted mottling scattered throughout. The barrel is anchored to the stock by a pin forward of the triggerguard and a single iron barrel band at the end of the stock approx. 4.75 inches from the muzzle. Band is held by a spring. The barrel was converted to percussion by cutting off the breech and adding a new breech plug with a wide based bolster and nipple attached. Rear sight is notched and also has a flip up leaf with three view holes. Bore has great rifling but is filthy and may be pitted.

The lock and hammer match the barrel in surface color. Lock is blank except for a small crown stamped at far rear. Action is strong and works well.

Beachwood stock is in nice condition with a cheek rest on the left side. It has a nice finished surface with only minor dings and dents. No cracks. Buttplate and triggerguard as well as the lock escutcheon are made of brass. Brass surfaces are turning dark and are lightly scratched.

Both sling swivels are present as is the correct original ramrod.

With the weapon is an original sword socket bayonet that fits the weapon perfectly. Iron of the bayonet is dark with light scattered pitting.

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