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    Flintlock U.S. M1807 Indian Carbine Springfield 1808. One of the great prizes for collectors of US military longarms. Of great importance not only as the first official US Arsenal made carbine, but also as the only gun made in a national armory under order of the Indian Department as gifts for friendly Indians. Virtually unique as a US arsenal made weapon for its appearance and styling. Although it is most difficult, indeed, nearly impossible to detect, we are of the opinion this is a restoration to flintlock, using properly proportioned and fitted lock components by a highly skilled professional. 33 3/4" barrel, .54 caliber smoothbore, and much lighter in weight than other arsenal produced weapons. Much smaller lock, lighter weight and proportioned pin fastened stock, smaller brass furniture. The gun overall just shows smooth aging and wear with a few minor rust blemishes and a few small patches of very light pitting, mostly at breech, but really negligible, metal overall excellent. All markings, on barrel and lock are excellent. "US / Springfield" with eagle between in center of lock and "1808" at the rear. Barrel marked with "US" eaglehead, and "V / P". Also dated 1809 on the heel of the brass butt plate. It is very common for the dates on these guns to be mismatched by a year because of earlier parts manufacture. The gun is absolutely complete and original as manufactured in every respect. Full pin fastened stock with smooth wear consistent with the metal; a few small nicks and minor dents but stock is excellent. Just the slightest splinter along the forestock near muzzle. Mechanically perfect. Lacks only the sling swivel which was fitted midway on the forestock but easily replaced. All brass mountings including ramrod pipes. Although likely originally wood the gun retains what is certainly a period iron ramrod. With its limited production and obvious very low survival rate of but an handful of specimens, a truly noteworthy addition to an American martial arms collection.

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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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