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Edwin Wesson Percussion Target Rifle,

.480 bore diameter, double-set triggers, 32.5" octagonal barrel marked on the top of barrel in script James McCririck Anr. Barrel was made by this McCririck with "Whitworth"-style rifling. Bottom of barrel marked with Birmingham proofs, and 52 twice. Engraved "Wesson"-style frame and simulated back-action lock. Select walnut buttstock trim in German silver. Buttstock was also lengthened during the period by 2". The toeplate is period. Trim is also engraved. 38.5" tube sight with cross hairs. Made by James Ferris Utica, New York. Also fitted with a European-style tang sight.

This type of rifling was used because of the steadiness of flight to its .45 caliber bullet, which made these types of rifles a favorite of Confederate sharpshooters. These were also made up using Whitworth rifles for Civil War sharpshooters.

Condition:Barrel retains ca 95% of its original brown finish with some light crust of rust build-up on the top of barrel. Frame retains ca 90% of the original case coloring. Fading on the back of simulated back-action in the stock. German silver trim has a nice tarnished look. Buttstock with some dings, mars and scratches.

Estimate: $5,000 - $6,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$9,200
05/02/2008

 

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