Original U.S. Civil War P.S. Justice Type II Contract Three Groove Rifled Musket in .69 cal - Circa 1861

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Offered in good condition, this is an early Federal Union Contract Rifle Musket originally ordered in 1861. Extremely elegant this, in style, reaches back to the Mississippi Rifle of the 1840's. It has full brass mounts and is fitted with a patch box in the butt stock. The percussion lock is stamped with P.S. JUSTICE / PHILADA. There is P / 2473 marking on the trigger guard. Usually there would be other markings, but they have been worn off over the years.

This rifled musket is one of almost 2,200 muskets contracted by P. S. Justice early in the war to meet the needs of the Union army and his deliveries were among the fastest from any American arms producer during the war.

This single-shot muzzleloader is the PS Justice Second Type model, which has shallow Three groove rifling, brass mountings including a patchbox and brass barrel bands, no barrel springs and the distinctive double-curved brass trigger guard. Round barrel measures 39” long and is fitted to a black walnut one piece stock. The front blade sight is present, but the rear sight leaves are unfortunately absent. The bore is in good condition, and rifling can still be seen throughout with a bore light. The lock functions correctly, holding at half cock, though the cap nipple on the barrel is damaged.

An honest example having recently come from long term storage. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1861
Caliber: .69"
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 39 Inches

Overall Length: 55 Inches
Action type: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

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