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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 12:28 pm 
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I found this at a OGCA gun show last year. The gun is a .69 caliber model of 1840 Musket made at the Springfield Armory. Essentially the last of the muskets based on the French Charleville it was also the last of the flint lock weapons made by the US Government. Most were converted to percussion cap, and rifled with two grooves, so to find a example that is still a smoothbore flintlock is a delight. This was the back bone long arm of the Mexican War and saw use during the US Civil War.

In the first shot you can see the lock, dated 1841. You can also tell the previous owner polished off all the patina. He was well up in his 80s and bought the gun at an OGCA show in 1947. Sadly none of his kids had an interest in his antique guns.

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Shot two shows the top, if you look hard you will again see the 1841 date, as well as the Springfield Eagle and the Verified Proof stamp.

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Shot three shows the length of this heavy monster. Condition considering her 169 years is amazing.

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A very neat piece of American history.


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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 10:22 am 
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love that old smokepole


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Sadly none of his kids had an interest in his antique guns.


NOT so sad for you!

Nice looking long arm

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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 8:55 am 
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Thanks guys.

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Sadly none of his kids had an interest in his antique guns.


NOT so sad for you!

Nice looking long arm


That is true. I felt bad for him though, you could tell it bothered him.


I am always a bit taken aback by people who turn up at gun shows with family heirlooms that grandpa brought back from the war and they just don't want it or, and I really don't understand these guys, their wife won't let them keep the old family heirloom gun in the house and demand they go to a gun show and sell it. I would boot the wife. I am always glad to run into these folks and give the orphaned unloved gun a home (if the deal is good), but for the life of me I don't understand the thinking of those people...


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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 1:03 am 
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so true - the inanimate object cannot speak for itself - the human MUST be held responsible ,

and no matter how hard they try the animals of this world and mother nature really cant be held to count so its pointless to give them the rights now isnt it ?


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