Orig. P61 Enfield Rifle mfg by Parker Field & Sons

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Auction: 10131594

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Auction Start:
(January 13, 2011 05:17:29 PT)
Auction Ended:
(January 23, 2011 18:35:00 PT)

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Orig. P61 Enfield Rifle mfg by Parker Field & Sons

Please check your local laws for restrictions before bidding on this antique Civil War black-powder firearm. This black powder rifle is currently exempt from Federal restrictions so no FFL is required but you must be at least 18 years of age to bid on this.

Thank you for taking the time to view my auction. This is an all original and fully functional Enfield short rifle that was manufactured by Parker Field & Sons, which was a commercial firm within the London Armoury Company. I believe that it is a P61 pattern short rifle. The barrel is stamped with the gauge designation "25" which indicates that bore diameter is .577 and correct for the early pre-1863 rifles that were used by both the Confederacy and Union armies during the War. The London commercial proof marks are also stamped on the breech:
Provisional Proof - a lion rampant above a torque, over the letter G in script

View mark - a crowned V

25 bore gauge stamp

Definitive London Gun Makers Proof - a crown over a GP

The barrel is stamped "255 HOLBORN. LONDON"

The following features on this short rifle are consistent with the P61 short rifles made by the London Armoury firms:

The barrel's bore has 5-grooved rifling

The 2 barrel bands are the screw type, non-Baddeley bands with the original blue flathead screws found on P61 rifles manufactured by London Armoury gun firms such as Parker Field & Sons

33" barrel

Ramrod with slotted head

Bore gauge "25" stamped on breech of the barrel

The buttplate and trigger guard are steel rather than brass.

The rear sight which is stamped "WT" is graduated to 1500 meters.

Bayonet lug is for the sword type bayonet.

Stock is 43" in length

Has the original Enfield snapcap consisting of the steel ring, six brass teardrop shaped chain links, brass S-link, and steel head

Comes with original Enfield Sergeant's T-tool.

This particular Enfield type short rifle that I'm auctioning is in 100% functioning order. The stock has no cracks, no repairs, no missing pieces, nor has it been refinished. The wood exhibits dings that would be consistent with normal useage on an issued military weapon that has seen service. The barrel, lockplate, and barrel bands have turned an even, greyish brown patina that is pleasing to the eye. There is some pitting in the area of the breech around the musket nipple probably due to the corrosive nature of the musket caps. The buttplate, trigger guard,hammer, and swivels are a darker patina. The bore has good five-grooved rifling and almost no pitting.

The 900,000 Enfields that were purchased by both sides during the Civil War came from non-government, private commercial arms manufacturers in Birmingham and London. The British government, wanting to maintain neutrality, referred Confederate orders to smaller companies, which made copies of the official military musket The Birmingham firms under the umbrella of the Birmingham Small Arms Trade produced the cheaper Enfields whose parts were hand made and for the most not interchangable. The lockplates on most of these rifles had the British martial marking of the crown over a "VR" and the year of manufacture stamped over the word "TOWER." This was done to make the unknowing buyers think they were purchasing a top quality Enfield that came from one of the government's arsenals. These Enfields were the first batches of rifles that were purchased by the Confederacy during 1861 and the Union until 1863 due to the fact that the London firms which were all part of the London Armoury Company, had contracts with both the British government and a couple of state governments in the United States that had to be filled first. The Enfields produced by London Armoury firms were far superior in quality and since they were used to supplement the Enfields produced by the government's arsenals, the parts were required to be completely interchangable. The lockplates on these London Armoury built Enfields will never have the British martial crown or word "TOWER" stamped on them but instead always bear either the stamping of the year of manufacture and "L.A. Co." or the name of the subordinate firm that built the rifle sans any year of manufacture. Parker Field and Sons was one of the 5 gun maker firms that operated under the umbrella of the London Armoury Company and their rifle is considered one of the scarcer manufactures of the five to find. The private firm contract rifles generally do not have serial numbers.

Please notice my $30.00 shipping, insurance, and handling charge which is in ADDITTION to your bid on this rifle and take that in to consideration when entering your maximum bid that you are willing to place.

Any questions feel free to e-mail me. I offer a 5 day inspection period and will refund ALL costs including shipping/insurance, if you are not 100% satisfied with this item. This item as well as all of my items run for the entire duration of the auction and I will not cancel prior to the ending date and time so please do not ask me to do so.

Payment and Shipping Instructions:
I accept personal checks [72 business hour clearance] or money orders. This antique Civil War era rifle can only be shipped to a person 18 years or older. I ship UPS only due to my time constraints and work schedule. My shipments are packed with care and are extremely secure to withstand most any handling abuse. Please note that for your protection and my protection, an adult signature confirmation is required upon delivery. This prevents the package from being left on your porch and possibly disappearing if you're not home at time of delivery. Shipping and insurance is $30.00 to the lower 48 states.
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