ROBERT JOHNSON Contract U.S. Model 1817 Composite FLINTLOCK “COMMON RIFLE”
Reconversion to Flintlock
Here we present an antique flintlock U.S. Model 1817 “Common Rifle” from the R. Johnson Contract, made circa 1824 in Middletown, Connecticut. This rifle was made by several contractors from about 1817 to about 1840 with a total of 38,200 being made. This particular contractor only made about 5,000 of that number. The U.S. Model 1816 became the standard American infantry rifle, but the Model 1817 was made during the same period and is arguably the better of the two.
The 1820s was a time of expansion in many ways for the still-young United States, conflicts with Native Americans and other foreign powers could not stop the growth in terms of the population or territory. The Florida Territory was acquired from Spain, the fur trade was going full tilt out West, and the Santa Fe Trail was getting rather busy. Many of these rifles were used during the American Civil War, especially in the early days of the conflict when military weapons were hard to come by and these were still a solid choice.
This one was converted from flintlock to percussion at some point, and the rifled bore was bored to .62 caliber. Converted back to flintlock within the last 50 years.
The overall condition is good. Reconverted to flintlock. Strong action. Clean, smooth bore. The stock is solid all around. “US” stamped lock and barrel. “J L Johnson/Middleton/Conn” and the proof marks are marked atop the barrel, probably when this musket was reconfigured.
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Barrel is 33-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .62 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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