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Re: 1861 L.G.Y. contract rifle
Posted by ken on Saturday, 25 June 2011, at 11:15 p.m., in response to 1861 L.G.Y. contract rifle, posted by rasmus on Saturday, 25 June 2011, at 9:39 p.m.
I think there are quite a few of the contract rifles out there. From what I've seen, the Springfields and Colt's seem to go for a little more. Don't know for sure, I'm a 1861 fan, but don't have experience collecting them.
Yes, 1863 just means (unless the lockplate has been changed) that it was made in 1863. It would still be a model 1861. I believe the '61 was made from...1861 until 1863. (someone correct me if any were made in '64)
That brings up a question I've always wondered about. Was the 1861 referred to, or actually called the 1861 when they were manufactured? Or is "Model 1861" a term applied later by historians and collectors?
I wonder because the rifle is actually a model 1855,(first fired in anger about 18 miles from my house) without the priming device. Or am I wrong there?
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