Original U.S. Civil War Era Austrian M1849 Percussion Conversion Rifled Jaeger Musket - dated 1854
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of an Austrian M1849 Percussion Rifled Jaeger Musket, converted from the earlier and somewhat bizarre "Tube Lock" system. Many of these were converted and used in various revolutionary wars and conflicts in the middle of the 19th century. These conversions often took place in the Belgian gun-making city of Liège.
The M1849 in particular was exported to Italy, and these are often called "Garibaldi Rifles" due to this. This rifle however was received out of an American collection, which had not seen the light of day for 100-150 years. These were imported in large numbers, mainly by the Confederate States before the U.S. Civil War.
The rifle features a heavily rifled round to octagonal 33 inch barrel, with faded proof marks and other markings on the replacement breech. These are unfortunately quite faced, so they cannot be read. It also has a nice folding leaf rear sight, though the retaining spring is broken, so it doesn't stay in place. The left side of the barrel is marked 1854, along with other faded proof marks.
It also features brass mounts, including a "Jaeger" style trigger guard, with a nice cheek rest on the left side of the butt stock. The rifle is also Regimentally marked on the Butt Plate G.R.7. / 11 / 36., making this a great chance for further research. It retains its ramrod and despite being in storage for over 100 years, this is in rather good condition having only been wiped over. It is however missing both sling swivels. Offered as is it appears fully sound and functional. Lock holds and half cock and fires at full.
Ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: 1854 - converted later.
Caliber: .77 inches
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 33 Inches
Overall Length: 48 1/4 Inches
Action type: Side action Percussion lock
Feed System: Single Shot
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