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MARTIALLY MARKED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4611. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube and later type squareback German silver front sight with a 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight. Receiver does not have a dovetail in top flat. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut buttstock that has factory sling swivel on left side over the distinctive Henry bump and a sling loop on left side of bbl. It is accompanied by an orig Henry leather sling with brass buckle. SN was observed in the usual place on top flat of bbl between rear sight and receiver. It is also found on the left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Top of bbl, under rotating sleeve, is marked with assembly number “584” which number is also found on rear face of rotating sleeve. Buttplate is early style with rounded heel and small hole in buttstock under the trap. Right front side of receiver is marked with inspector initial “H” with a corresponding “H” on right bbl flat along with inspector initials “C.G.C” (Charles G. Chapman). The cartouche normally found on right wrist of buttstock has been obliterated. According to The Henry Rifle, Quick there were approx. 1,731 Henry rifles purchased by the government during the Civil War. This rifle is a little bit of an anomaly being in the 4000 serial range. Most of these early purchases were in the 3000 serial range. The majority of these martial Henrys were issued to the 3rd Veteran Volunteer Regiment who were assigned to guard Washington. As part of their enlistment bonus they were allowed to retain their arms upon expiration of term of service. Numerous other Henry rifles were privately purchased by Civil War soldiers and officers with some entire units raising funds to arm themselves with Henry rifles. CONDITION: Fine, all matching and original. Bbl & rotating sleeve retain most of an old restored finish; receiver shows moderate to heavy wear and retains a medium mustard patina with no serious nicks or scratches; buttplate is a dark mustard patina. Buttstock is sound with nicks, scratches & dings and retains most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, good dark bore. 4-41514 JR256 (25,000-35,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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