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Accession number 1995.28
Catalog Number 1995.28.15
Object Name Rifle
Description Model 1841 Hall Breech-loading Percussion Rifle, .52 caliber. The stock is made from walnut wood. On the breechblock is stamped "H. Ferry / US/ 1841". All of the metal components on the gun (breechblock, barrel, forend cap, ram-rod, trigger, trigger guard and butt plate) are made from iron. The breech block still rotates up easily when the fish-tail lever at the bottom the gun is activated. There is a white leather sling or carrying strap under the gun that may be original.
From "Firearms of the American West 1803-1865," Garavalia, page 120: Ordinance records for 1841 showed 190 Halls made in that year, and these were very probably percussion arms. There were other changes in the breechloaders besides the new ignition system; early in production a new "fishtail lever" for opening the breechblock, designed by Captain Benjamin Huger, replaces the downward-projecting spur. With the block closed the lever was nearly flush with the underside of the stock; grasping the extended wings or "tail" of the lever and pivoting it downward and forward forced the front of the block upward for loading. Also, the barrels were not rifled with seven grooves instead of sixteen."
Dimensions W-8.5 L-52.5 D-2.5 inches
Collection Militaria
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