03-22-2006, 03:29 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: mid coastal Maine
A friend of mine just showed me a rifle that's been in his family a long time. It's a Civil War era military rifle, and I'm guessing it's .58 caliber, as I can get most of the 1st joint of my little finger down the muzzle (high tech, huh?).
Other features are:
1. One piece stock
2. 40" barrel
3. flip up rear sight
5. three barrel bands that are removable, and held in place by a spring loaded detent bar a couple inches long. Each band has a "U" stamped on it.
6. sling holder on trigger guard and on middle barrel band
7. all metal ramrod with a cup shaped head
8.tri-cornered, fluted 17" bayonet with the following stamps: "WC" "Peter & Co."
9.Stamped on receiver plate: "1862" ; "US Springfield" ; an eagle emblem
10. "US" stamped on top of butt plate
I'd be tempted to use this gun if it were mine. It's in good shape. Any ideas as to it's worth, and it's model, if it isn't a 1862 Springfield?? Thanks
See ya, Guy
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