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28th Massachusetts Volunteer Irish Brigade 1861 Tower Enfield Rifle
Item #: DROL3317
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We are proud to offer this marked 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Irish Brigade 1861 Tower Enfield Rifle.The musket measures a total length of 55” and is fitted with a 39” long barrel. Barrel has its long range rear sight. Standard iron blade front sight. It comes with a leather sling. Lockplate surface is smooth very good condition. Lock markings are the standard Victoria’s "crown” behind the hammer and "1861 / TOWER” in front. Hammer bears the same gray coloring with the standard engraved marks in the upper right side area under spur. Mechanics are strong.

Barrel surface appears untouched and exhibits the same dark patina. Heavy surface pitting is evident around the breech and bolster. The bore is clear and dark with patchy areas of light pitting. The three-groove rifling is worn.The Id markings are on the buttplate 28th Mass Co.D 5 issued on roster. There are a circle SL mark on the stock under the buttplate which is a CS import stamp. Mass purchased enfields but this one seems to be a capture reuse gun. This is a very scarce used survivor from a famous Irish Brigade Unit.

History of Mass. purchased Enfields:

Massachusetts also acquired 10,000 sets of white leather British regulation infantry accoutrements, but since it had stockpiled an ample supply of American-made accoutrements by the time the British sets arrived, the Commonwealth sold about 6,000 of the latter to other Northern states. It kept the rest and wound up issuing them to several nine-month volunteer units raised in the summer of 1862.

Once the Enfields arrived at the docks in Boston, the arms were put to immediate use. There were just enough to equip about half of the Massachusetts volunteer infantry regiments recruited by the end of 1861. The 28th was one of 14 three-year volunteer units to be issued the imported weapons. The others were the 2nd, 7th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 27th infantry regiments.

Modifications: Stamping & Blueing

As state property, each of these firearms was carefully stamped with a company letter, abbreviated regimental designation, and rack or individual issue number on its brass buttplate. For example, the buttplate of a rifle issued from rack #15 to a member of Co. H in the 28th Massachusetts would be stamped, from left to right:

[screw hole] H 28TH MASS 15 [tang]

There are numerous surviving examples of these Massachusetts issue rifles today. On some, the markings extend around the corner of the buttplate and onto the tang.

Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Item # DROL3317
Your Price $2,750.00 USD

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