1841 Harpers Ferry Rifle. SOLD
The 1841 rifle was produced at Harpers Ferry from 1844 until 1855 with a total production of 25,296. An additional 66,500 were produced by a variety of contractors. The rifle is 54 caliber and has a simple rear sight. The origional design had no provision for a bayonet. During the 1850's a number of alterations were performed at Harpers Ferry to add a bayonet and improve the sights.
This example is dated 1850 on the lock and 1852 on the barrel. The metal is a grey brown patina with some areas of light pitting. The markings are visible and readable. The barrel in addition to the VP over an eagle head has AW over P which is a Harper Ferry inspection mark. The stock has the pilot holes for the bit in the patchbox which is a Harpers Ferry characteristic. There is a block letter inspectors stamp inside the patchbox inletting. The bore is nice and has 7 groove rifling.