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Original Rare U.S. Civil War M1863 Lindsay "Two-Shot" Double Hammer Superimposed Charge Rifled Musket

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Here we have what should be considered a very interesting variation on the Civil War era Springfield Rifled musket. The gun was designed by D.P. Lindsay, after his brother was killed during an encounter with two Native Americans, as he was only carrying a single shot musket. The brother was able to kill the first, but was killed by the second, as he only had one shot.

To help prevent this from happening again, the "Lindsay Two-Shot" rifled musket was designed. Also called a "double rifle", the system used two "superimposed" charges that would be loaded into the muzzle sequentially. The rifle has two sets of hammers and cap nipples, each with an independent ignition channel. The theory was that the charge closest to the muzzle would be shot first, and the charge behind it afterwards. The lock was designed to fire the two hammers in the correct order, preventing the rear charge from being shot first.

Only 1,000 of these were ever produced and issued to the "16th Michigan Infantry" during the Civil War. Unfortunately, they were not well received due to ignition problems. If the second charge was not in the right position it would fail to ignite, and often could also cause the charge behind it to fire, often after a delay. They were also difficult to load and often exploded when both charges were accidentally detonated at the same time during the heat of battle. This was definitely a very dangerous weapon to use as intended. They were soon abandoned so today are exceeding hard to find.

Condition does show a lot of wear, and the "dual hammer" system is currently in need of adjustment. At present it can be cocked, but the trigger sometimes fails to fire, or both fire. Our example has no visible markings on the action, and it is felt is a prototype. It is also possible that the markings were removed due to cleaning and wear. There are U markings on the barrel bands, as well as U.S. on the butt plate. We did check the bore, and there is still rifling present, however there is also oxidation and fouling. It does not look to have been properly cleaned after the last time it was used.

Fully cleaned and ready to research and display!


Year of Manufacture: Circa 1863
Caliber: .58"
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder - superimposed charges
Barrel Length: 38 Inches

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

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