Original Danish / Norwegian Percussion Converted Rifled Musket Model 1769/1841 with Doglock Safety - Serial 720

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Original Item. Only One Available. This is pretty unusual, starting life as the Danish Flintlock 18mm smooth bore Musket of 1769, fitted with an early Doglock type safety on the hammer. The lock does have a true half-cock position, which may have been added when it was later to be converted to a Percussion rifle. This conversion most likely occurred in Norway, where it was fitted with a rifled barrel of 40 inches long. The overall length is 55 1/2 inches, with all brass mounts on a Beech Wood stock with folding long range sights fitted to barrel.

The rifle comes complete with its VERY substantial iron and brass ram rod assembly. It is marked with serial number 720 on the lock plate and barrel tang. There are additional marks on the lock and barrel, such as a CROWN / K, for manufacture in Kongsberg, Norway. The stock is also still fitted with its brass butt plate, with two VERY large round head iron screws, which are a defining feature of this model.

Condition of the gun is good, but does show wear from service and age. There is a lot of powder burn on the metalwork around the cap nipple, and this has affected the stock as well, which is missing a chunk on the right side of the tang, and has a repair on the left. The lock functions, but does not hold at half cock, and part of the hammer screw head is missing, as shown. The barrel still shows the 5 groove rifling, but it is worn and there is a lot of oxidation and fowling in the bore.

In really nice condition, fully cleaned, a rifle possibly used in the U.S. Civil War. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1780 - converted circa 1850.
Caliber: about 18mm rifled
Cartridge Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 40 Inches

Overall Length: 55 1/2 Inches
Action type: Side action Lock with Dog Safety
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

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