.40 caliber, 31" octagonal barrel with muzzle turned round for bullet starter, retained by a single wedge with hooked breech, no S/N. Browned finish, iron furniture, smooth, straight-gripped walnut half-stock with pewter forend cap. Back action percussion lock marked W.L. HUDSON/MAKER/CIN.O in a three-line cartouche with same marking on top barrel flat behind rear sight. Double set triggers, semi-pistol gripped triggerguard, adjustable tang mounted peep sight, buckhorn barrel rear sight, hooded post front sight. 3.25" long bayonet lug at muzzle, for attachment of a "Bahn Frei"-style saber bayonet. Wood ramrod with brass tip.
William Hudson was a Cincinnati based gun maker works ca1852-1864. This rifle conforms to the style known as "Turner Rifles," sporting arms that had been utilized by members of the various German-American Turnverein (Turner) clubs. These recent German immigrants to America volunteered in large numbers to fight during the American Civil War, often bringing their own target rifles with them when they enlisted. Many of the guns were modified with large bayonet lugs to accept the classic Turner "Bahn Frei" brass-handled saber bayonets. The 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, raised in the Cincinnati area, was one of the most storied of these German American regiments to fight during the war and this rifle is likely associated with a member of that unit.
Good. Retains some of the brown finish on the barrel, which is thinning and mixing with an oxidized patina and some scattered surface scale. Markings remain legible on barrel and lock. Lock not functioning correctly. Bore very good with some light oxidation. Barrel rear sight may be an old replacement. Stock solid with bumps and dings and some added finish.
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