Civil War Relicman
Harry Ridgeway
Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!)
authentic Civil War relics, bought and sold.

Weapons (pre 1898) of the Civil War
Relicman Sales catalog

All items listed are guaranteed authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.
Any artillery or ordnance relics have been disarmed and rendered safe.
All weapons are pre 1898 antique weapons, and are exempt from Federal regulation, no licenses or permits are required.

W1390...Breechloader, Burnside single shot percussion carbine, "Model of 1864", lever is hinged with guide screw, .54cal., (#3547)
Carbine was manufactured by Burnside Rifle Co., Providence, Rhode Island, General Ambrose Burnside, was an official in the company before the war but was not involved in wartime development of the weapon. The Burnside carbine employed an unusual cone shaped metal cartridge for use in a percussion system. The "Model of 1864" was the last percussion model produced by Burnside. This model has been described as "5th model" (that is erroneous), or "6th model", however either of these designations are collector terms of convenience and not contemporary designations. Serial numbers were reset to zero and number to about 19000, production estimated 1864 and 1865. This model represented only modest changes from the earlier models, most notably being introduction of the "1864" model date, the trigger tang was lengthened and serial numbers reset. Use of the guide screw introduced with the 5th model was continued. The barrel is stamped "Cast Steel 1864", the date may be weak or missing, this because the long and narrow stamp had to be centered on a round barrel, apparently most were not centered and the date at the end was simply lost. Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, strap hook on bottom of butt, iron loading lever also serves as a trigger guard, hinged sight, chamber tapered for unique Burnside metal cartridge with a priming hole in the bottom for percussion. Marks on top of frame "BURNSIDE PATENT / MODEL OF 1864". Barrel is marked "CAST STEEL 1864". Lock marked "BURNSIDE RIFLE CO. / PROVIDENCE = R. I. ". Serial number normally appears three times, on the top of the breech, top of the receiver, and inside (can be viewed by opening the breech). Cartouches in the wood on the left side indicate government inspection, additional inspector marks on various parts. Barrel length 21in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-046, Model of 1864.
Serial number, 3547, matches three times, on the top of the breech, top of the receiver, and bottom of the barrel. Metal appearance pleasing with brown patina, maker marks are strong, serial numbers are matching, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are visible, sight intact, band intact, bar and riding ring intact, strap swivel hook is missing, bore is clean, rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.
For Sale .........$1,300.

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All weapons I sell are "pre 1898 weapons". This exempts antique firearms from regulation, which means that they can be owned, or shipped through the mail, no permitting or licensing is required. The complete text of the law can be found in the Cornell online law library: The following relevant excerpt is taken from the law:
(3) The term (firearm) means
(A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;
(B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon;
(C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or
(D) any destructive device.

Such term does not include an antique firearm.

(16) The term (antique firearm) means:
(A) any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898; or.....

This means that pre 1898 weapons are excluded from the law by definition, therefore none of the rest of the law applies to antique weapons made before 1898.

One caution though, the weapons can be dangerous if not properly handled or used maliciously, so please be careful with them.

A note about safety of antique weapons: Pre 1898 weapons are not regulated because the law exempts them as weapons. They are old, they are antique, and some are compromised and altered well beyond their original design. Any of them can be fired, but safety is always a concern with antique weapons. Safety is also a concern if you drive an antique car on the road. With any antique, special care needs to be exercised, you do not want to simply take the thing off the shelf and shoot it. It should be carefully inspected, cleaned, serviced, and tested before firing. Most of these weapons have not been fired in at least 100 years, and the better ones have probably not been fired since the Civil War itself. There is risk of blockage, stressed metal, improper loading, and other problems that might not be imagined. In addition many collectors would consider any cleaning or use of a historic piece to be a compromise. A premium is paid for originality and condition of a historic piece, sometimes this premium is very significant for an unfired piece, a weapon never gets in better condition as it gets handled. However if you choose to fire an antique weapon versus displaying it, you will want to take it apart, thoroughly clean and inspect it before you fire it, or at least you ought to do that. These antique weapons require an entirely different approach versus the licensed modern weapons that are readily available and more easily and safely used for sport firing and hunting. As a dealer selling strictly antique weapons, I do not warrant any use.

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