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The family says its been passed down from father to son since the 1700s. It looks like it was a flint lock that was converted over to caps.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 8:20 PM

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Nice looking piece CT. I sure don't have any helpful info though.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 8:25 PM

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It looks like a kentucky rifle but the stock only gose about a foot down the barrel, and kentucky rifles go all the way to the muzzle. I have not seen any other rifle like this.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 8:30 PM

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Any idea on the caliber? Does it have a rifled barrel or smooth bore? I'm guessing rifled but if it was a converted flint it could be smooth.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 8:43 PM

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It has rifling. It has a jug barrel, I think thats what its called? and its a little over 5 feet

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 9:06 PM

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Can a rifle have a jug barrel? cause it has rifling. the jug part came from when my father tried looking up info on it when he got it long time ago.

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 7:18 PM

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 3:37 AM

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When the Civil War broke out in 1861, neither the North nor the South was prepared to engage in a major war. Decades of relative peace had left limited stockpiles of small arms-the rifles and handguns carried by individual soldiers. As tens of thousands of men volunteered to fight alongside their friends and neighbors, those arms stockpiles were quickly exhausted.

Purchasing agents for the Union and Confederacy began buying up every European rifle they could find and shipping them back to American ports. As a result, many volunteers during the first two years of the Civil War found themselves using a wide variety of rifles, including antiquated weapons dating back to the War of 1812. Meanwhile, American rifle and gun manufacturers--Sharps, Colt, Remington, and the United States armory at Springfield-quickly expanded rifle production. The 1855 invention of the rifled barrel--which had grooves running down the barrel that caused the bullet to spin as it fired out of the end-quickly made all smoothbore rifles obsolete.

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 7:54 AM

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Coaltrain, your rifle is DEFINITELY Civil War era, and I think French. Can you give me some more information, like caliber, etc? I might be able to tell you more then.

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