TYPE III CONFEDERATE FAYETTEVILLE RIFLE DATED 1863

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Item Code: 1030-105

Unlike the Type I and II this Type III does not have a humpback profile to the lockplate. Instead it has the general contour of the Model 1861 lockplate.

The hammer, lock and barrel have been finished brown with brass buttplate, triggerguard, nose cap and barrel bands.

The barrel is .58 and approx. 33.00 inches long. Surface is smooth and dark with heavy pitting in the area of the bolster and breech. Rear sight is complete with two flip-up leaves and the front blade sight is present at the muzzle. The barrel markings of “VP” and eaglehead are very good. There is no barrel date. Barrel does not have a bayonet lug. Bore is dark and dirty and needs scrubbed. There is some surface rust visible near the muzzle but the rifling is good.

Lockplate is dark to match the barrel and hammer. Forward of the hammer is a faint spread-winged eagle over a partially visible “CSA” and further forward there is a good “FAYETTEVILLE” mark. Behind the hammer is a fair “1863” stamping. Action is off a bit. Half-cock is very low. You can feel it click as the hammer barely leaves the nipple surface. Full cock is fine and the hammer falls when the trigger is squeezed.

The wood stock has moderate wear in the form of numerous surface scratches. There is a very well done repair to the wood between the lockplate and the barrel tang. It appears there was a crack in this area and the wood was tacked down and then lightly sanded and darkened to match the surrounding wood. Very well done and not very noticeable. Carved in the right side of the stock in cursive is what looks to be “L. JENNYS GUN” in two lines. Efforts to ID this person have not yielded any results.

Tulip head iron ramrod with threaded tip is present. Buttplate tang has nice “CSA” stamping. Both brass barrel bands are stamped with off center horizontal “U” and the bands are held by band springs. Both sling swivels are present. Screw heads show only light wear.

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