Original Civil War Era French Mle 1842 Percussion Rifled Musket by Schopen of Liège

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a standard French Model of 1842 Short Artillery Rifled Musket with a back action lock, just received out of a collection. These were usually produced as smoothbore long muskets, but the export trade required rifles, indicating this was possibly made for export to the U.S.. It is fully steel mounted and does bear a maker marking on the lock plate: SCHOPEN / A LIÉGE, indicating manufacture in Belgium in the gun-making city of Liège. There is also the iconic "Tower of Liège" marking on the barrel knoxform. This rifle may have originally had French markings, which were scrubbed when it was rifled in Belgium. Definitely some interesting research potential.

The barrel is 40" in length and the rifled musket is 56" overall. There are some additional markings on the barrel, mostly proof marks. The all iron mounts have no finish remaining on the metalwork. Very sound walnut stock and bright metal finish showing the minimum of old pits.

Lock functions but does not have a half-cock position. Also the cap lock nipple is broken off. Very possibly imported for the Civil War. In fine order, cleaned and ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1850 - rifled later possibly
Caliber: .71"- Rifled
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder with Cap
Barrel Length: 40 Inches

Overall Length: 56 Inches
Action type: Back Action Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loaded

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