Civil War Relicman
Harry Ridgeway
Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!)
authentic Civil War relics, bought and sold.
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Weapons (pre 1898) of the Civil War
Relicman Sales catalog
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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.

W1492...Rifle percussion musket, Model 1855 Springfield, with three iron bands, iron buttplate, three leaf sight, iron trigger guard, iron forenend cap, fitted for socket bayonet, 1858, .58cal.
The model 1855 was the first long arm made for the new. 58 caliber minie. The addition of the new Maynard feed system was thought to be an improvement over the earlier percussion nipple system in which caps had to be hand placed, however caps could still be manually placed, and as a practical matter the paper feed system did not work out, was simply abandoned, and by the time the next model was introduced in 1861. Musket is single shot .58 cal. rifled muzzleloader, iron buttplate, "C" shaped hammer, bolster with clean out screw, later versions employed the three leaf site, iron trigger guard, three barrel bands are flat and held in place with springs, two strap hooks, nose cap is brass, ramrod is tulip head with bulge, end is threaded, fitted for socket bayonet. . Manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield, Massachusetts. Lock is marked "1858" behind the hammer, with eagle on the Maynard flap and "US / SPRINGFIELD" in front, Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head, and (date). Buttplate is marked "US". Three bands each marked "U", strap hook on middle band and trigger guard. Barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 9A-307.
Springfield, lock 1858, barrel date not readable, cartouches present , primer cover intact with marks, primer latch is worn.
For Sale......$2,500.

Sales listing and pictures click: http://relicman.com/weapons/RelicmanSalesWeaponW1492.html


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:
http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sec_18_00000921----000-.html 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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