This is an old, OLD relic, supposedly from the Civil War. While there is no paper trail for it, the former owner got it from his family whose patriarch had supposedly brought it home from the Civil War. It is in poor condition, but still functions. The wood is well worn, as is the metal. The smooth bore of the 42" barrel is not bad considering it's age, and it measures 16 gauge??? What this is can be anyone's guess, but it IS a neat wallhanger. The lockwork functions well. There are no markings present to give any clues. It appears to have been reworked from a full length musket. Proof of age required, as this gun is an antique, no FFL needed. This gun will be shipped in cardboard for $25 due to not fitting in a hard case.
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That's a conversion from flintlock (note how the lock plate has been crudely sawn off on top to remove the pan and make room for the drum) and it was put together by someone using spare parts from various guns. It has no recognizable features of any one style of gun. If his Great-Grandpaw carried that in the Civil War, he was very poorly armed: even the average hard-luck Reb who lacked shoes would have preferred to go into battle without a gun than with that thing. It's a hard-used farmer's gun, nothing more. Such guns were often assembled by local smiths--blacksmiths, not gunsmiths--from whatever parts were handy, and they were "rode hard and put up wet," as this one has been.
The stock--which is hand-made, hence the lack of a butt plate or slots for wedges--has a vaguely "Hudson Valley" look to it, somewhat like Dutch 18th Century muskets and fowling pieces, but it could have be carved anywhere. The trigger guard is likely of British origin. God knows where the barrel came from, but it's so long it has to have been from a sporting fowler or perhaps a trade musket.
If someone buys it, tell him to be sure to check and see if there's a charge still in it: many, many old guns in "attic condition" have been left charged for decades, and they WILL go off if capped and the trigger pulled.
Thanks for the info. It DOES look like some back yarded put together. As stated, I have no idea what it actually is. It IS unloaded, though.........first thing we check, even on muzzleloaders, when they come into the shop. Wish guns could talk, we'd be listenin' to this one for a spell!
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