This is a nice rifle that according
to the serial number was made in 1886. It has the cartouche
but is hard to read. It appears to be 1883 but the last
number is very indistinct.
The walnut stock is very sound
except for two chips broken out behind the tang which could
be repaired. There is also a shallow chip out in front of
the trigger guard. There are markings on top of the butt
that are company and/or rack numbers. From what I have
researched this gun possibly belonged to 5th Battalion,
Company B and was rifle #30. Which state militia it was part
of is the big question.
The lock is in very good condition
with the surface pretty much a grey color on the outside and the case
colors can be seen on the internal parts. The inside of the
breech block still has case colors as well. The breech block
is dated 1878. The rear sight is the M84 Buffington style.
The barrel has almost no blue left
and is now a grey color. The bore is excellent
with sharp rifling.
Overall a very nice gun that would be a good shooter.
This gun can be shipped
to anyone over 18 as it was made before 1898 or it can be purchased in person.