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*Whitworth Rifle Co., Whitworth rifle,

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.451"/11.5mm, s/n B360, rifled musket, brl length 32", percussion action, very good plus condition, Designed by Joseph Whitworth and produced from 1857-1865 the Whitworth is the world's first "Sniper rifle" with a confirmed 1 mile capacity. It is also known to have taken the lives of many high ranking Union officers by the hands of Confederate "sharpshooters". The reason for the improved accuracy is the Whitworth used a 1 in 20" rifled barrel versus the 1 in 78" and 1 in 48" twist of other rifles of the day along with the hexagon bore. The walnut checkered straight grip stock and forend show off very well having only a few light surface scratches and some indentations with 3 steel barrel bands, sling swivels, round iron hinged lid patch box with a borderline engraving containing patches with a light silver/gray patina. The steel butt plate shows some areas of light surface rust with a small borderline engraving at the heel. The very rare rear sight is of the folding leaf express style with one always standing and three that fold being marked one through four respectively and retain a majority of their original finish. The top of the barrel is marked "WHITWORTH PATENT" with the left shoulder being marked in a single line "Crown/BP 52 crossed flags 52 crossed flags B360". Bluing on the barrel has a nice high gloss showing only a very few areas of light freckling/super fine surface rust right and left side toward muzzle. Bore shines very bright. The lock is marked with a crown over "W" at the rear and "WHITWORTH" at the front having a double line border, the hammer spur is checkered with the right side having a borderline as well as quarter scroll on the flat. The tang has an oval double borderline with two small swivels toward barrel end. The case coloring on the lock and components has mostly thinned out presently showing traces and a brown/gray patina. This is a fine example of a Whitworth rifle.

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This item is part of Rare & Prototype Antique & Modern Firearms
 Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 6:00 PM  Eastern
 

*Whitworth Rifle Co., Whitworth rifle,
*Whitworth Rifle Co., Whitworth rifle,
Lot number: 11
Seller: Zettlemoyer Auction Co., LLC.
Event: Rare & Prototype Antique & Modern Firearms
Ends: Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 PM  Eastern

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