AUSTRIAN Model 1842 .70 caliber AUGUSTIN INFANTRY MUSKET CIVIL WAR Antique
European ACW Import
Here we present an antique Austrian Model 1842 Augustin Musket made circa 1852 in Austria. These muskets are known to have been imported to the United States and to the Confederacy during the American Civil War. At least 25,000 of the Austrian tube-lock muskets were purchased by the U.S. Ordnance Department during the Civil War. The Austrian Model 1842 Musket was the standard infantry long arm of the Austrian military prior to their adoption of the percussion ignition system in 1854, referred to as the System Lorenz in Austria.
These muskets were originally made using the “tube lock” mechanism, essentially a very distinct percussion conversion of a flintlock gun, that was more aimed at saving money and not having to retrain an entire army than being state of the art. They were not long after considered obsolete, but the American Civil War created demand for even what was considered old technology and the Austrians were happy to be paid for their old stock. Before being exported they were converted from the tube-lock system to the more conventional percussion system, as is this example.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is smooth and untouched. This example sports a solid stock throughout with lots of markings. The middle barrel band is a bit loose. Various proofs are present on the side plate.
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Barrel is 42-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .70 percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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