BULLET STRUCK Antique HARPERS FERRY M1842 MUSKET Civil War Infantry Musket Made Circa 1845!
Guns International #: 101352344 Seller's Inventory #: 190040
Category: Civil War Rifles - Antique Rifles - Percussion
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BULLET STRUCK Antique HARPERS FERRY M1842 MUSKET
Civil War Infantry Musket Made Circa 1845!
Here we present an antique Harpers Ferry U.S. Model 1842 Musket and Bayonet, manufactured circa 1845 in Harpers Ferry, Virginia. This one was very obviously struck by a .58 caliber projectile at the front-left of the comb. The bottom of the depression measures .58 inches and the hollowed-out area is where the bullet was dug out. The bullet strike in the butt asks the question “Did the butt of this musket save this soldier’s life?” and “Did he live to tell his grandchildren how close to death he came”? If this old gun could talk, I’m sure it would have some amazing tales to tell!
The Model 1842 was the first regulation percussion musket to be manufactured at both Springfield and Harpers Ferry Armories, as well as the first to be produced by both national armories with fully-interchangeable parts. These were also the last .69 caliber smoothbore arms to be produced by the U.S. government. Approximately 275,000 were manufactured between 1844 and 1855, with only one-third of these produced at Harpers Ferry. Along with usage during the Mexican-American War in 1846 through 1848, these would have been in the hands of local militia all over the antebellum United States and used by both combatants at the outbreak of the American Civil War.
The lock is marked “HARPERS FERRY 1845” and also has federal eagle stamp. The underside of the lock is marked “U.S.”.
The overall condition is good. The bullet’s impact also caused the bit of fraying under the lock on the opposite side. Nevertheless, this musket feels solid. The bore is smooth and dark. The action remains strong and crisp.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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