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Per Paul J. Davis in his classic reference 'C. S. Armory Richmond', the Richmond Short Rifle is the rarest of all Confederate long arms produced there representing a mere 4% of the total rifle production. Indeed when considering the output of all prominent Confederate rifle manufacturers, rarity of the Richmond Short Rifle will compare at least equal to any. In accordance with the very latest scholarly effort in the field of Confederate made arms, (see: Dr. John M. Murphy 'Confederate Rifles & Muskets') many if not all of these Short Rifles were produced from a conglomeration of parts to include those of Richmond Arsenal manufacture and captured components from the April 18, 1861 Harpers Ferry raid along with used, salvaged, field captured and scavenged parts including locks, stocks, barrels, barrel bands, miscellaneous furniture, rear sights, ramrods, et al. Indeed aside from general over all configuration, many individual examples are quite likely to be one of a kind. No exception to the rule, this arm displays expected variation and uniqueness while offering unquestionable features of the Confederate Richmond Short Rifle. Likely best described by our photo illustrations we will offer specifics of this example as follows:

With an overall length of 49 inches, the barrel length of this arm is 32 inches as opposed to the more usual 33 inch variation of this rare arm with 30 and 36 inch examples known to exist. (see: Murphy p.604 plt.#9 and p.609 from Springfield Armory museum collection) As is correct with the Richmond application the captured barrel offers V P and eagle proof markings with no date. Most crucially, the barrel features the classic Richmond Armory 'pinched' front sight. A feature of Richmond Short Rifles and carbines utilizing captured Harpers Ferry barrels, this sight did not accept a bayonet. The rear sight is a U.S. marked long range example commensurate with Harpers Ferry acquisition. It is important to note here that the 32 inch barrel length is clearly and unquestionably original to the period as are all features of this offering. The captured early production U.S. Mod. 1855 walnut stock measures 45 ΒΌ inches, sports the correct early production U. S. marked iron butt plate for this arm and displays a light inspection cartouche opposite the lock. The stock features the all-important 'Richmond' brass nose cap. The spring retained flat barrel bands are devoid of the U markings as is indicative of Richmond Arsenal manufacture. The forward band offers no provision for a sling and the sling swivel component was ground off the trigger guard. The lack of any sling hardware in is of interest as the only identified example of the Richmond Short Rifle found (see: Cowan Auctions - 10/31/2018- Lot #697) was carried by a 10th Virginia Cavalry troop. As one would expect of a cavalry used arm, it too is without provision for use of a common rifle sling. With a length useful to both cavalry or infantry, it is known that as a result of a short supply of carbines 261 Short Rifles manufactured of 'old parts' were issued to the Virginia Cavalry. The U. S. Model 1855 lock plate Maynard tape cover was clearly broken off in the period yet the original internal mechanism remains. This and the Springfield marking would indicate the lock was salvaged or field captured. Per Dr. Murphy's Confederate Rifles & Muskets some Springfield marked locks were used in early production Richmond Short Rifles. The 1858 dated lock functions crisply. Ever true to its heritage of mixed components with a good representation of C. S. Richmond features in combination with U. S. rifled musket parts, this rifle has what is likely a battlefield pickup Tower ramrod. As to general condition this piece offers good evidence of age and originality with a deep brown patina on all metal components with wood showing the expected evidence of period field use and carrying while remaining solid with period finish and no repairs. While our photos will offer the best feel for condition let it be said here that this piece will be special treat and a rare find for the knowledgeable collector / historian as it projects untouched period originality in all respects.

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A note about firearms: WE EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PURCHASER ASSUMES ALL LIABILITY FOR PURCHAS, CONTROL AND OWNERSHIP. PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH THE ABOVE.


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