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Pretty 1848 Dated Whitney Mississippi Rifle In Original .54 Caliber
Item #: A6369
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This is a very 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 and even the tip of the ramrod has brass. This one has the manufacture date of 1848 on the lockplate to accompany the majority of the very desirable maker's mark of the famous company founded by Eli Whitney. Yes, it is the same Whitney that is credited with inventing the cotton gin. From 1843 until 1855, Whitney made only 26,500 of these Mississippi Rifles under four contracts. They are considered by many people, including myself, to be one of the most attractive weapons in U.S. military history. The action of the lock works crisply on all positions. All of the brass parts have a beautiful golden honey color patina. The barrel is full length and you can see traces of the correct inspector marks at the breech to go along with a small portion of the production date. It is still in the original .54 caliber bore size and the barrel bore is clear and vivid. The front and rear sight are intact and original. The sling swivels are present and original. The ramrod in the channel underneath the barrel is a fine original one with the iron style end that was used after 1855. The stock on this gun has a rich dark look with a fine grain to the walnut. On the flat of the stock opposite of the lockplate it has the remnants of the inspector cartouche stamps remaining. This is where the government inspector approved the weapon for military use. This is a well used, complete and nice quality example of the popular " Mississippi" rifle from the famous Eli Whitney Company.


Shipping Weight: 30 lbs
$1,750.00 USD

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