G142 - Enfield Rifle Musket

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G142 - Enfield Rifle Musket

2,350.00
We know that Enfields of all descriptions were imported from Britain for some use in the North and heavy use in the South. This one is the Pattern 1853 .577 caliber musket. It measures 55 _� overall and has a 39� barrel with three grooves, with a 1:78 rifling twist and is attached to the stock with three metal barrel bands. It weighs slightly more than 9 pounds; the wood retains a very handsome varnished finish. There are no �tower� markings on the flat lockplate, just the initials �G.H.� (George Haines, armory sub-inspector in 1860) marking this as a Federal import. The Enfield was, in fact, the second most widely used infantry weapon during the Civil War, surpassed only by the Springfield M1861 Rifled Musket. The #3 is stamped onto the brass trigger guard, and �22�s appear on the brass butt plate, the two side screws, the trigger guard screws and butt plate screws. The barrel retains a handsome dark grey finish; the rear sight is a graduated cylinder and the original ramrod is the knurled-slotted type. It has been estimated that over 900,000 P1853 Enfields were imported to the US and saw service in every major engagement of the War. Colonel Joshua Chamberlain's 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry were armed with the 1853 Enfield on their famous charge at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg, the charge that earned Chamberlain the Medal of Honor. This is a very representative weapon in most handsome condition.
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