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"Confederate P53 Enfield .577 Rifle (AL5253)
"Overall length is approximately 56". The 40" round .577 caliber barrel has a fair bore with no visible refiling and rust. It has three Birmingham proofs with the “25" bore (.577 caliber) marks between them. The barrel has a gray patina with roughness toward the bolster. The lock and hammer are brown. The lock has a crown to the rear and 1861/ Tower at the center. The unmarked brass trigger guard and butt plate are very good. The bands are gray/brown. The period blacksmith repaired ramrod is approximately 1¾"" too long. The nipple protector and chain are modern replacements. Two sling swivels are present. The stock is good overall. There is missing wood forward of the bolster and next to the hammer. This indicates that the rifle has been shot a lot. There is also wood missing around the lock. The stock markings are the most important aspect of this percussion Enfield. The makers name appears at the bottom edge of the stock. It is indistinct but appears to read “Isaac Hollis & Son", see The English Connection by Pritchard and Huey, pages 98-100. In addition, there is a round script inspection stamp that appears to read “JS" just forward of the butt plate tang, see page 115. The right side of the butt has a four-point star carved into it. The left side of the butt is stamped in 5/16 letters “23CV/71K". There was a 23rd Regiment, Texas Cavalry. If only this gun could talk! The action functions correctly. This is a great piece of Civil War history, don’t miss it!