Austrian Civil War Musket to Cavalry carbine

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Georgia (GA)

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Auction: 10898803

Manufacturer:   Austrian
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Auction Start:
(May 15, 2012 15:00:04 PT)
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(May 25, 2012 14:54:32 PT)

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Guns For Sale - Austrian -- Civil War Musket to Cavalry carbine

In the scramble to arm themselves in the Civil War, both sides bought muskets from European sources such as this Austrian Musket. Originally a tube-lock 70 cal. smoothbore it was sent to Belgium to be converted to a more modern ignition system by addition of a breech addition to the original barrel. The lockplate was modified to fit the new tang & bolster assembly and a Springfield-type hammer installed. The lockplate was renumbered inside (#190) as well as the new breech assembly and the original barrel. The barrel retains a "I.W" proof with raised letters probably from the original Austrian manufacturer. Under the barrel in the stock recess where the barrel rests the carbine's owner put his name in ink in a contemporary cursive style. Action is crisp and perfect with half and full cock. Nipple is fine and I wouldn't hesitate in firing this with the powder and load of that era. My guess is that in this configuration the cavalryman fired a buck-and-ball or buckshot load with impressive results. The need for cavalry carbines was met with these weapons. At least until a repeating or cartridge carbine could be supplied or captured from the battlefield. This weapon should be researched much further to determine its history.
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    Q:  Can you please give the length of this weapon? 04/26/2012
        A:  It's 32 1/2" total length. 04/26/2012
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    Q:  FYI. First off I assume this is not public. After reading the emails I thought I might add some words. You have a cut down version of a 1842 Austrian tube lock. Yours has been coverted by Leman for the North. About 25000 of these were purchased and issued to the Fremont troops early in the war and used in the western theatre. The tube lock system did not work well or was not suitable so they contracted to convert these 25000 by two companies. One did the Beligum conversion named the Greenwood (cone in barrel) and the other is Leman. I cannot find my paperwork were they were converted but I believe the Greenwood converstions were done in Ohio and Leman in PA. Also Leman has a 1861 style hammer. Also all muskets had flat bottom bands. The southern conversions of the 1842 that I have seen are drum type conversions. These mainly from what I understand were done in Mississipi and Tennessee. I will say I own each of these converstion muskets and they are full length. It is common fact that the South picked up damaged northern guns and repaired them and reissued them to their troops. Who is to say this musket may have not had that fate. I hope this might shed some light. John 05/17/2012
    Q:  I am new to this site, am a antique collector and do not have a FFL. Since this is exempt from the 1968 Gun Control Act, by definition, it is not a firearm and does not require shipment through a FFL dealer. Do you agree and will you ship directly to my home, without going through a dealer? 05/18/2012
        A:  Yes, of course. you are right. JIm 05/18/2012