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MARTIALLY MARKED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 3431. 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, slab sawed American walnut buttstock. 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 “950” which number is also found on rear face of rotating sleeve. Buttplate is early style with rounded heel and large hole in buttstock, which contains an orig 4-pc hickory & steel wiping rod. Right front side of receiver is marked with inspector initials “CC” with a corresponding “C” on right bbl flat along with inspector initials “C.G.C” (Charles G. Chapman). Right wrist of buttstock has the outline of a cartouche which is not completely legible. The right heel of the buttplate is marked with a tiny “C” inspector initial and there is another tiny “C” inspector initial adjacent on the buttstock. According to The Henry Rifle, Quick, there were an estimated 800 Henry rifles in the 3XXX serial range purchased by the U.S. Government and inspected in the manner described above. There were a total of 1,731 Henry rifles purchased by the government. The other approx. 931 Henry rifles purchased by the government were in other serial ranges, some of which are unknown as they were not inspected. 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: Good. No orig finish remains with the bbl retaining a mottled silver/brown patina with breech end having light vice marks on the sides just forward of the receiver. Rotating sleeve has numerous dents and retains a matching patina, magazine follower is a reproduction. Receiver has a series of tiny hammer marks along the top right edge with a few more on top left edge, otherwise is very fine with moderately worn edges and retaining a dark mustard patina; buttplate is matching patina. Buttstock has a crack in the left side by the cleaning rod hole and a grain check in the right side with nicks, dings & scratches and retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong shiny bore with scattered pitting. Cleaning rod is very fine. 4-45694 JR255 (15,000-25,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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