Original U.S. Civil War Era Austrian Augustin M-1842 Percussion Conversion Rifled Musket - dated 1849

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an AUSTRIAN AUGUSTIN MODEL 1842 Percussion Rifled Musket, originally issued in flintlock, but converted to percussion in the 1850s. It was most likely subsequently sold to the United States and imported just prior to the U.S. Civil War where many of these weapons saw service mostly on the Confederate side. The musket complete with original period double ended ramrod.

The musket measures just shy of 58" in overall length, the .71caliber rifled barrel measuring 42". The wood stock is quality walnut and the mounts are all iron. The long lock plate has a cutout for a flintlock pan, indicating this was originally manufactured as a flintlock. The later models did not have this cutout. The top of the barrel has some faded markings, however they cannot be read. This entire rifled musket was at one time arsenal zinc plated to prevent corrosion, except on the butt plate. Over the years this has polished off, leaving the barrel and lock plate bright steel. The process however also removed most of the markings. There is a very faint 49 on the lock plate, for year 1849.

The musket now presents very nicely, and still has both original sling swivels. It is however missing the lock side plate, removed long ago for some reason. There are markings on a lot of the screws, as well as a 63. aa. behind the rear sight, but we do not know what this means. The lock functions correctly, holding at half cock, and firing at full.

A very nice Civil War Era Austrian Rifled Musket, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1849
Caliber: .71" percussion
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder with Percussion Cap
Barrel Length: 42 Inches

Overall Length: 58 Inches
Action type: Side Action Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loaded

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