rifle was patented in 1818 and adopted by US Army in 1819, making it worlds first breech loading rifle adopted by major military. It remained in production until about 1830 with a total of 23,000 manufactured. It was a truly revolutionarly design allowing an unprecedented rate of fire of 8-10 round per minute with an effective range of up to 1500 yards. This particulare rifle is in a good antique condition, with very decent walnut stock that has some bruises but solid overall and has a cartouch and some notches on the buttstock. Metal has some stains Action works, bore has visible rifling . Stamps on lock are illegible.
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