1861 Special Model LG & Y Rifle Musket
The special model was developed to incorporate some simplification of the model 1861. Many of the modifications were used in the 1863 model rifle musket. The firm of E G Lamson, A F Goodnow and B B Yale contracted to produce 50,000 rifle muskets of this pattern and deliveries were from 1862 through 1864. The rifle musket is 58 caliber with a 40" barrel.
This example is dated 1864 on the lock. The markings on the lock are clear and readable. The metal is an even brown patina with scattered areas of light pitting. The rifle musket is original with a reproduction ramrod. The barrel bands are the screw clamp design which eliminated the need for band springs. Both sling swivels are present. The barrel is an deep brown patina with heavier pitting in the breech area. The date is obscured while the V P are faint. The rifling is strong and runs the full length of the bore. The rear sight is present but is missing the 500 yard leaf. The action is solid and strong. The stock is sound with bumps and bruises. There is one cartouche which is visible, the rectangular border and the script letters.