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COLT MODEL 1861 SPECIAL MUSKET
Not serial numbered! Caliber .58 Percussion. Standard 40" Round Barrel. Oil stained walnut stock, metal parts finished "in the white". Rear sight is blued. Made on government contract for use in the Civil War. This Colt Special Model 1861 Rifle-Musket was manufactured in 1863. The musket is stamped with "N.J." (New Jersey State Militia) on the left side of the barrel and left stock flat. New Jersey purchased the guns in order to defend their state against a Southern Invasion. Some of the muskets made by Colt failed to pass the more stringent government inspections yet were definitely serviceable. They were sold on the civilian market during the Civil War. Classified by Colt as "Second Class U.S. Service Rifle Muskets", all were indentified by their lack of the usual government inspection markings. Colt had an agreement with Schuyler, Hartley & Graham and other outfitters for issue to state militia during the Civil War. The stock is fine, markings are clearly visible and action is perfect. The musket has the usual handling marks associated with a Civil War weapon. It also has a stamp on the right side of the stock; "RAMBO & SON, 644 Penn. St. Reding, PA". Isaiah Rambo was a member of the Ringgold Light Artillery (First Defenders) during the Civil War. He was a Confectioner/ Novelty Dealer after the Civil War. He sold; guns, decorations, novelties, toys & costumes. A solid example of an honest Colt 1861 Rifle-Musket with New Jersey markings in a fine condition, with some history! Comes with an original bayonet. Cartridge shown for information purposes only.