ORIGINAL, CIVIL WAR PERIOD, BALLARD MILITARY RIFLE

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Item Code: 172-4612

The Ballard rifle is a .46 caliber, rimfire, single shot, breechloading longarm used late during the Civil War. The Ballard arms (rifle and carbine) were invented and patented by Charles H. Ballard of Worcester, Mass in November 1861. Between 1862 and 1865, some 3,000 of these rifles were produced by the Ball & Williams Company of Worcester with most of their production destined for military use.

This Ballard rifle stamped with serial #21041 on the rounded frame has a 30” long round barrel fitted to a two-piece, black walnut stock. Longarm measures 45” in total length and is secured to stock via three barrel bands. Has the external cartridge extractor on underside of forestock.

Entire barrel appears untouched and wears 98% of its original blue with only three spots where it has thinned and a little around the muzzle. Receiver shows a good amount of case colors. Strong maker’s mark on the side of the receiver reads “BROWN MFG. CO. NEWBURYPORT, MASS./ BALLARD’S PATENT / NOV. 5, 1861.” No cartouches visible. Small, two-leaf rear sight is present. Rifle mechanics strong. Bore has excellent rifling. One sling swivel is secured to the middle barrel band and the second is on the underside of the butt. Some screws lightly buggered. A seldom seen specimen of Civil War longarm. [ad]

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