American Ordnance Mountain Gun -M1875 - 1.65" - 42MM

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RARE!!!About impossible to find….Serial number 125. The M1875 Hotchkiss mountain gun was used by the United States Army from 1875 to about 1905. A Hotchkiss design from the French Arms Firm, Hotchkiss & Company founded by Benjamin B. Hotchkiss, (1826–1885), It served with cavalry units during the late American Indian Wars, including the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, and was also used in the Philippine–American War (Philippines Insurrection) of 1899–1902 in the Philippine Islands. The U.S. Government purchased 57 Model 1875 Hotchkiss Mountain Guns over a 20 year period, now less than 50 are now known to exist worldwide. These guns are primarily in Museums. It is rare opportunity that this Mountain Gun is available at Auction!A 1878 Ordnance Report from Brigadier-General Steven Vincent Benet, narrates part of the history of this gun, stating, "Early in 1876, Colonel Miles, Fifth Infantry, suggested that a light field-gun weighing less than 500 pounds be provided for service on the plains, to replace the obsolete mountain howitzer. The subject was submitted to the Ordnance Board for consideration, with the remark 'that a rifled gun, probably a breech-loader, that can travel with cavalry, and has an effective shell range beyond that of rifled small arms, not less than 1,500 yards, would probably meet the requirements of the service'. While under consideration, Mr. B.B. Hotchkiss presented for examination and trial a light breech-loading rifle that gave promise of efficient service on the frontier, and fulfill the conditions of mobility, range, and accuracy. One was procured, and issued to the Department of Dakota in 1877, and was used in the field that summer. It weighs 116lbs, and its caliber is 1.65 inches. It uses a charge of 6 ounces of powder, and a percussion shell weighing 2 pounds. While many defects in its mechanism, and in the carriage and ammunition, have been pointed out after the experience of a campaign, showing that modifications are desirable to add to its effectiveness, it did excellent work. I am informed that Colonel Miles expressed himself satisfied that it had rendered efficient service, and was a valuable weapon. With all its defects, others have been called for, and the five now in possession of the department will be issued to the troops." Consignor states that this cannon was puchased 70 yrs ago by his father and himself, then a 10yr old boy, from a gentleman back east in the State of Virginia.Specs: Manufactured By/American Ordinance Company and Shops/Bridgeport-Conn./Offices/Washington D.C./U.S.A. in center. Bore size: 1.65" (42mm) Construction: Steel, Tube length overall: 46.1", Nominal caliber: 25 calibers, Tube & breech weight: 121 lbs.; Usual carriage: Hotchkiss 1.65" carriage, Weight of Gun & Carriage: 341 lbs.; Maximum elevation 15 degrees, Loading: Fixed, Shell weight: 1 lb. 15oz., Maximum muzzle velocity: 1,345 fps (black powder) Maximum range: 4000 yards. Condition: Good. Barrel has scattered surface pitting and loss to paint, pitted bore through, lands and grooves still visible. Maker's mark and number on barrel is visible. Brass is dark patina. Right wheel is excellent, spokes may have been replaced. Left wheel, has rot around one spoke. (A knowledgeable wood worker can repair) Carriage is very good, slight separation from hitch to carriage. Missing steel breech block, rear sight, friction primer fitting, and latch pin w/chain on left side of barrel hooking to carriage. All other components appear to be with the gun.

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American Ordnance Mountain Gun -M1875 -  1.65" - 42MM
American Ordnance Mountain Gun -M1875 - 1.65" - 42MM
Lot number: 1
Seller: Kull Auction & Real Estate Co / Kull's Old Town Station
Event: Fall 2018 Important Military Estate Auction
Ends: Thursday, October 25 | 7:00 PM  Central

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