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Rare Drake Conversion "Mississippi" Rifle by Robbins & Lawrence With Bayonet
Item #: v385
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This is an attractive original "Mississippi” pattern rifle. This is officially known as the U.S. model 1841 rifle. They got their "Mississippi” nickname during the Mexican War when a regiment under the Command of Jefferson Davis of Mississippi used them with great effectiveness. They stand out from across the room because of all of the brass furniture they use. They have the classic brass patchbox, triggerguard, buttplate, barrel bands made of brass. This one has the manufacture date of 1850 on the lockplate to accompany the production location of Windsor, Vermont and the maker’s mark of Robbins & Lawrence. Robbins & Lawrence only made 15,000 of these Mississippi pattern rifles and only produced them from 1848 until 1853. The action works well on all positions. All of the brass parts have a rich golden tone all over. The barrel is full length and you can see all of the inspector marks at the breech. The barrel is still in the original .54 caliber bore size. When you look down the barrel you can no longer see the lands and grooves of the rifling. The front sight is present and is the slimmed down style for the Drake bayonet conversion. This is the pattern that was adapted to use the Drake style bayonet for the state of Massachusetts. Not may of the pieces were done for the state and this one has the regimental marking of "51 MASS." stamped into the brass. On the top of the buttplate it has the Company "K' marking as well as "83" for the 83rd man. The front and rear sling swivels are present and both are original. The ramrod in the channel underneath the barrel is a fine original that is full-length with the threads intact on the back side. The stock on this gun has a very pleasing dark look. It has an attractive grain to the walnut with the inspector stamps on the flat opposite of the lockplate are clearly visible. It is made of a furniture grade piece of walnut. The bayonet is accompanied by the scarce Drake style bayonet that looks very similar to the Confederate Fayetteville bayonet. It has the "K" company marking on the top of the socket as well as the "49" stamping. You get the rare Drake pattern Mississippi rifle and the bayonet for the same price! This is a very fine looking 1850 dated Mississippi rifle from the Robbins & Lawrence Company.


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