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    RARE WHITWORTH PATENT CIVIL WAR PERIOD .450 WHITWORTH CALIBER PERCUSSION SHARPSHOOTER'S RIFLE. Serial #C581. 33" barrel hand engraved on the top "Whitworth Patent" and on the lock "Whitworth Rifle Co. Manchester" with crown over W. "2d Quality" hand engraved on the rear trigger guard extension. All steel mounted with swivel on front band and back of rear trigger guard extension. Flip up long range rear sight graduated to 1200 yards. Stock with beautifully checkering checkering at the wrist and on forestock between lock and rear band. Provisions for attaching a telescopic sight on forestock with hole for elevation post behind barrel tang. The Whitworth system using a unique bullet specifically fitted to the contour of the bore resulted in a rifle of unequaled range and accuracy. Many of these bullets have been recovered from Civil War battlefields and the Whitworth rifle was highly prized by Confederate marksmen, many having been run through the blockade. Generically, the rarest and most desirable of the Civil War Confederate sharpshooters' rifles.

    Condition: All metal w/smooth dark patina, just some light pitting and a few scratches at the breech, very nice. Excellent bore, mechanically perfect. Wood with wonderful rich dark patina, totally untouched. With just a few minor dents. The ramrod is a period replacement.

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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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