1863 Dated Fayetteville Rifle
The machinery for the 1855 rifle production went to Fayetteville NC where the confederacy produced a 2 band rifle. The lock was redesigned but the basic features come from the 1855 rifle. Production continued through the war. Though numbers produced were much less than the Richmond rifle musket, the Fayetteville rifle was a well made southern rifle.
This example is dated 1863 on the lock and has a clear Fayetteville mark on the lockplate. In 1863 the bayonet was changed from a saber bayonet to a socket bayonet. The saber bayonet lug was omitted and front sight was changed to one similar to a rifle musket front sight. This example has the rifle front sight and the dovetail for the saber bayonet lug is visible. The lug itself was removed. With the exception of the ramrod the rifle is all Fayetteville parts. I removed the rear sight and the notch is correct for a Fayetteville. The rear of the barrel and the lock have medium to heavy pitting on the metal. The wood is full length, solid and sound. It has some sanding on the flats.