Harper's Ferry Model 1842 Rifle Musket, Dated 1851, All Original Untouched With Original Ramrod. No FFL Required.
Round rifled barrel that is 42" long. Was probably .69 caliber but the end of the muzzle now gauges at .72 caliber. All iron fittings. Lockplate is marked Harper's Ferry 1851, and has the US martial style eagle of that period. Buttplate is stamped "QJ". No original finish left and all metal parts now a dark gray patina. There is old pitting and old surface rust on all metal parts. Walnut stock is dark and has the expected nicks and dings. There is some chipping around the bottom edge of the buttstock adjacent to the buttplate. There is a small crack just in from of the lockplate on the right side, which runs forward of the lockplate for about 1/2" and then angles down and to the rear for about 1" (does not appear to be structurally damaging). On the bottom of the stock immediately behind the rear barrel band there is an old period repair where a section of the stock broke out right above where the ramrod goes, which is 3 1/2" long X about 5/8" to 3/4" wide. The wood grain matches up from the stock to the repaired section of wood. The lock mechanism is tight and solid, and the half cock works perfectly. The hammer spring is tight and strong, and the trigger pull is excellent. The bore is dark and the rifling good. The original steel ramrod still retains about 85% of its original finish, now a dark patina, and has a small bit of old surface rust near the end that the worm or jag would screw onto, and it is still straight with no bends or kinks. Both sling swivels present. Both barrel band retainer pins and springs still tight and strong.
A nice original and completely untouched example of a pre-Civil War longarm. Condition Good Plus. No FFL Required.