Original U.S. Civil War Era Austrian Lorenz Style Percussion Conversion Short Rifle with Bayonet - dated 1848

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Original Item: Only one Available. This is a very interesting Austrian Percussion Converted short rifle, made much in the image of the "Lorenz" musket design. However, that design was not introduced until 1854, so this predates that by 6 years or so. It is however possible that somewhere during the conversion parts were swapped, or that it was some smaller production rifle never officially introduced. It has some characteristics of the Augustin model 1842 as well, and definitely began life as a flintlock, most likely in .75" bore.

Many European powers were beginning to move to cartridge firearms, and with a huge market in the United States, sold off many of their soon to be obsolete firearms. Some of these reached the Northern Union forces, but more often, they were sent to the South, which did not have nearly the same level of industrial capacity.

The rifle measures of 48" in overall length, the .75 caliber rifled barrel measuring 43". The wood stock is quality walnut and the mounts of brass, except for the nose barrel ring, which is steel. The lock plate is unmarked, except for an Austrian-style 848 date, and it also has the Austrian Eagle proof on the lock plate tail. There is also the serial or assembly number 59 stamped into all of the brass hardware as well as on the barrel sight dovetail, while all of the other markings on the rifle are unclear. There are still markings on the lock indicating that it did have a frizzen, which was adapted as part of the "tube lock" system most likely originally used on this rifle. It still retains the original cleaning rod, though both the lower and upper sling swivels are missing.

The stock is in very good condition, with a lovely cheek piece on the left butt stock, and a gently worn finish. The metalwork shows a bit more wear, especially the barrel near the cap bolster. There is a lot of powder burn in the area, indicating that the rifle saw significant use after the percussion conversion. It at one time had a rear sight, however that is now missing, leaving just the dovetail. The original cleaning rod is present and in good shape, and the lock functions correctly, holding at half cock and firing at full.

The bayonet is a nice bladed socket type, and locks correctly onto the front of the rifle. It is somewhat interesting however, in that the socket fits over both the front sight and a securing lug on the bottom of the barrel. The locking ring is on the very end of the socket, and rotates a full 180 so that the front sight is not blocked. With the long bayonet on a somewhat short rifle, it would still be able to have a good reach for bayonet combat. It does have some staining and wear, but matches the rifle well.

A very nice example of an interesting percussion short rifle, possibly imported during the civil war, complete with its original bayonet. Ready to display!

Specifications (Rifle)-
Year of Manufacture: 1848 - converted later
Caliber:  about .75 inches
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 33 Inches

Overall Length: 48 Inches
Action type: Side action Percussion lock
Feed System: Single Shot

Specifications (Bayonet)-
Blade Length: 23"
Blade Style: Single Edged Sword with Fuller
Overall length: 28"

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