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Re: 1861 L.G.Y. Contract Rifle

Posted by John Gross on Friday, 1 July 2011, at 9:59 a.m., in response to 1861 L.G.Y. Contract Rifle, posted by Stuart Jamison on Thursday, 30 June 2011, at 9:30 p.m.

John Jarvis was Sam Colt's brother-in-law. He was in England and Belgium looking for parts and contractors for .58 caliber rifle-muskets. For example, Colt wrote to him on April 30, 1861:

“You will notice that the Springfield Rifled Musket has a barrel just one and 1/16 inch longer than the Enfield. Be sure to have all the barrels that are made for us to be of the right length to finish to the Springfield Pattern [rifle] sent to you. In contracting for military percussion rifle locks to be used upon the arms we make here, you must be very careful to select a fine, strong simple model which is or can be got up cheap, and have them so uniform in size of lockplate and general arrangement that they can all be let into the wooden stocks by machinery.”

And three and a half weeks later:

“I hope you have contracted for a full supply of Rifle Barrels of the length of the Springfield pattern which is about one and a quarter of an inch longer than the English Enfield pattern….I hope you have also contracted for a large lot of Military percussion gun locks. We shall be much in want of them before we can make any. Your contract should be so many a month and secure them of the Enfield pattern. If you can send forward by steamer with or soon after the barrels and at first we shall want as many percussion Rifle Locks as we do barrels.”


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