Make: Ranson Italia Spa
Model: Reproduction, Remington 1863 Percussion Contract Rifle
Serial Number: 1891
Year of Manufacture: Modern - Classified as Antique
Caliber: .58 Caliber
Action Type: Single Shot, Muzzle Loading
Markings: The lock plate is marked with an “eagle”. The right side of the barrel is marked “RANSON ITALIA spa – made in Italy”. The left side of the barrel is marked “Black Powder only”, “1891”, “AA in side of a box”, “C.58”, “star / PN” and a “star over an unknown crest”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a “star over an unknown crest”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 32 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade. The rear sight is a three bladed “V” notch assembly. Each blade flips into place for different distances.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one piece dark hardwood with brass barrel bands, nose cap, washers, trigger guard, butt plate and side plate. There is a storage compartment under the side plate. The sling swivels are attached to the barrel bands. The rod stores in a cutout underneath the stock. There is a small hole in the left side of the stock that appears to be missing a pin. The right front of the stock, under the barrel band retainer, has a ½” x ¼” scratch. The top pistol grip area has damage from the hammer being cocked back. There are two scratches on the right side of the butt plate and one ¾” scratch that removed the finish next to the butt plate scratches. The area to the rear of the lock plate has compression marks in a 1” x 1” area. The remainder of the stock has some small compression marks and small wear marks. The LOP measures 13 ¼” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright but needs a good cleaning. The rifling is shallow. There is erosion in the barrel.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 60% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows wear and frosting. The screw heads are disfigured. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork& Accessories: There is one extra nipple stored inside of the butt stock. The rod is stored under the stock.
Our Assessment: The Remington 1863 Contract Rifle is also known as the ”Zouave Rifle”, or the “Harpers Ferry Pattern”. It was originally made from 1862 to 1865 and was one of the best designed rifles of the Civil War era. For more see: pg. 176 of Norm Flayderman’s “Guide to Antique American Firearms 9th Edition”. This rifle is a modern reproduction that is classified as an Antique.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This percussion rifle can be transferred/sold in California.
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