Original U.S. Civil War Era French Mle 1822 Percussion Converted Rifle made by Charleville - dated 1828
Original Item: Only One Available - As used in the U.S. Civil War. This is very unusual and interesting, being both rifled and in such a great condition. This started life as a French M-1822 Flintlock Musket, made at Mutzig Arsenal. This was one of the last flintlock models put into service. In the years since it was produced, it was both converted to percussion, and now has a very nice .70" rifled barrel, bored out from .69", which is dated 1828 by the cap bolster, and marked 1822 on the tang, for the model. The right side of the buttstock has multiple inspection proofs, including those from the arsenals at ST.ÉTIENNE and at CHÀTELLERAULT. There are also markings all over the gun. This fine example has definitely had a long and interesting history.
The lock is marked:
This is the abbreviation for Manufacture Royale de Charleville (also known as Manufacture d'Armes de Charleville), the Imperial Arsenal in Charleville-Mézières, located in the Ardennes region of France near the Belgian border. This was known as the "Imperial" arsenal previously, but after a Monarchy was restored in 1816, it became Royal again. This is also the arsenal that is most associated with the French Flintlock Muskets. It was later closed, as the proximity to the border was seen as a military liability.
The stock has many crisp stamped Cartouches and the rifled 40 1/2" barrel is very well marked with proofs, as well as Cde 18 for an 18mm bore, which is approximately .70". The finish is as it was issued, virtually "In the White", though it was definitely reworked. It has an overall length of 55 1/2".
This a good representative example of the many interesting European cast-off weapons that crossed the ocean to serve during the American Civil War, and would be a nice addition to any display of imported arms, having been updated in 1860.
In lovely condition, a French M-1822 Percussion Converted Rifle ready to research and display!
Year of Manufacture: 1828 - updated later.
Caliber: .70" with four groove rifling
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 40 1/2 Inches
Overall Length: 55 1/2 Inches
Action type: Side Action Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loaded
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