CIVIL WAR Era BALL & WILLIAMS BALLARD .44 Carbine
Scarce, One of About 5,000 Made!
Here we present an antique Ball & Williams Ballard Rifle in .44 Rimfire, made circa 1862 through 1865 by Ball & Williams in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Ballard design was one of the favorite long arms during the Civil War period, though production numbers do not necessarily reflect it. The original designer was Charles H. Ballard and his agents Merwin & Bray oversaw production between several different companies. It was a simple, single-shot falling block action and was one of the early guns that would fire a metallic cartridge. Though many of these were purchased by the state of Kentucky, this model was not made for a specific contract, state or otherwise, like many others. However, this was made during the war period and would have been used in a militia role.
The overall condition is in good condition. The iron parts have a plum/gray patina. The markings have been worn so that most are not visible. The walnut stock certainly shows wear. There is a small, thin crack on the left side of the wrist as well as a ding under the butt. The bore is in very good condition with strong rifling. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 22 1/8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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