Belgian CIVIL WAR Era UNION & CONFEDERATE ENFIELD Pattern Infantry RIFLE
LIEGE PROOFED “Two Band Enfield” PERCUSSION RIFLE
Here we present an antique Civil War Era Liege Proofed Enfield Pattern Two Band Percussion Rifle-Musket, made circa 1860 in Liege, Belgium. The Enfield Pattern was the British Military Ordnance Board’s choice for adoption as the primary long arm in 1853. It was considered the apex European military gun of that time, introduced by the British War Department after several studies to improve the calibers and the dimensions of the previous models. However, it kept the same general appearance of the earlier pattern 1851.
The Enfield Pattern Belgian made rifle-muskets were also used by both the North and the South in the American Civil War. It was the second most widely used infantry weapon in the war, surpassed only by the Springfield Model 1861 Rifled Musket. The Confederates imported more Enfields during the course of the war than any other small arm, buying from private contractors and gun runners. It has been estimated that over 900,000 P1853 Enfields were imported into America and saw service in every major engagement of the war.
The overall condition is good. Excellent action. This example has a nice and bright bore with deep rifling. The stock is in fine shape. Legible markings. The barrel top is marked with a liege proof. This is a great example of one of the most prevalent import muskets of the American Civil War used by both combatants!
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Barrel is 36 inches.
Caliber: .50 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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