CIVIL WAR Dated Antique INDIAN ENFIELD Style Percussion .577 Rifle-Musket
Ishapore Arsenal Rifle-Musket Dated “1864”
Here we present an antique Civil War Era Indian Enfield Style Percussion Rifle-Musket, likely made at the Ishapore Arsenal, also known as the Rifle Factory Ishapore, in 1864. This arsenal is an Indian State owned arms manufacturing facility located in Ishapore, India. With India being a British Colony, this style rifle was Britain’s adopted rifle from 1853 until the Snider system was adopted to transform arms into breech-loaders. In addition to its use around the world with the British military, this was one of the most popular arms for the infantry during the American Civil War.
The Enfield percussion rifle-musket was used by both the North and the South in the American Civil War and 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 Pattern 53 Enfields were imported into America and saw service in every major engagement of the war.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. Good bore (aged), remains clear. Solid stock throughout and contains a chipped buttstock toe and a stable crack in front of the trigger guard. “1864/Enfield” is engraved on the lock. The leather sling is in good shape.
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Barrel is 21-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .577 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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