The M1854 Austrian Lorenz Jaeger rifle bears a lot of similarities with the M1854 Lorenz Infantry rifle; however the Jaeger rifle was reserved for sharpshooters. Bored to .54 caliber, like the Lorenz, the Jaeger sported a shorter 28? barrel and a rear sight graduated from 400-1000 yards. Additionally, the Jaeger had no provision for ramrod. Instead a separate loading rod was carried in a scabbard attached to the cartridge box. The barrel was also secured to the stock via wedge keys; rather than barrel bands. The Austrian army issued these to jaeger (rifle) units that were employed as light infantry, skirmishers, and spread out over the army in battle to pick off officers and other high-value targets like artillery crews.
This particular Jaeger is in excellent condition. It was modified for export to North America with the addition of a ramrod channel and ramrod pipe.
The lock holds solid on both full and half cock and the action of the hammer is smooth and crisp
The stock is very nice with a few minor handling marks, but no chips or cracks.
The barrel is full length with no external pitting.
The bore was reamed smooth, making this an excellent candidate for a barrel relining. A little work from a barrel maker like Bob Hoyt could make this into an ideal skirmish weapon.
The furniture is all original and matching, although the rear swivel is missing, and only the swivel plate remains.
This musket would make for a fine shooter. The M1854 is also N-SSA approved; meaning this handing little rifle would make for a fine skirmish-weapon.