Superb Breech Loading Percussion Trials Rifle (AL5111)

Superb breech loading percussion trials rifle. Manufactured in 1865 at St. Etienne, France. Overall length is approximately 49½”. The 33¼” round .577 caliber barrel has an excellent bore with approximately 95% blue. The lock, hammer, and breech block show strong case colors. The trigger guard and butt plate have visible case colors. Stock is fine with sharp edges and no cracks or chips. The lock has an eagle over “1865” to the rear, it is marked “Fx Escoffier/ Entrepe Mre Imple/ De St Etienne” (Felix Escoffier was the managing director of the imperial manufactory of St. Etienne when this gun was made). The breech block is marked “Byrnes/ &/ Benjamin/ patent /London”. The action operates by depressing the tab on the right side of the breech block and lifting the rear up and sliding it to the rear. The paper cartridge is inserted and the process is repeated in reverse. This is a great example of a gun that was obsolete when it was developed. By 1865, cartridge guns were well on the way to replacing their percussion predecessors. If you’re into the transition to breech loaders and late percussion guns, this will fill the bill. This is the only example of this interesting breech loader percussion action we have ever encountered. It’s in superb condition and is most likely unique.

Price:
$5,950.00
Item Number:
AL5111
Weight:
0.00 LBS
Superb Breech Loading Percussion Trials Rifle.
Manufactured in 1865 at St. Etienne, France. Overall length is approximately 49½”. The 33¼” round .577 caliber barrel has an excellent bore with approximately 95% blue. The lock, hammer, and breech block show strong case colors. The trigger guard and butt plate have visible case colors. Stock is fine with sharp edges and no cracks or chips. The lock has an eagle over “1865” to the rear, it is marked “Fx Escoffier/ Entrepe Mre Imple/ De St Etienne” (Felix Escoffier was the managing director of the imperial manufactory of St. Etienne when this gun was made).  The breech block is marked “Byrnes/ &/ Benjamin/ patent /London”. The action operates by depressing the tab on the right side of the breech block and lifting the rear up and sliding it to the rear. The paper cartridge is inserted and the process is repeated in reverse. This is a great example of a gun that was obsolete when it was developed. By 1865, cartridge guns were well on the way to replacing their percussion predecessors. If you’re into the transition to breech loaders and late percussion guns, this will fill the bill. This is the only example of this interesting breech loader percussion action we have ever encountered. It’s in superb condition and is most likely unique.

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