Here's a great example of a widely used but seldom remembered Civil War rifle. The Muster 1849 Kammerbuchse (or, Chamber Rifle) was originally built using the Austrian "Pill Lock", an odd percussion lock that could best be described as a cross between a flint lock and a percussion lock. These rifles were originally used to arm the first two ranks in Jäger battalions, the third rank in Grenz regiments, and some specialist troops such as engineers.
At the start of the American Civil War, however these rifles were purchased from Austria by both Northern and Sourthern purchasing agents. But, before the rifles were shipped across the Atlantic, they were first sent to Liege Belgium where they were converted to percussion lock. These alterations also included the the addition of a ramrod and ramrod channel, as these rifles were originally designed to be rammed with a separate loading rod that was carried in a scabbard next to the rifle's bayonet.
These rifles saw extensive service during the war, primarily with Western troops from areas like Wisconsin and Missouri.
This particular example is in excellent condition. The stock is in great shape and has been well cared for, as evidenced by a lack of the typical cracks and splits found in most beech-stocked Austrian muskets.
The lock has a great, smooth patina with no pitting. The hammer holds solid on both half and full cock.
An excellent, unmolested patina covers the barrel and matches the lock beautifully. The breech and bolster area are free of any major pitting, and the nipple has nice square shoulders, which should make it easy to remove for cleaning. The bore is good with strong rifling and some light pitting. Both front and rear sights are intact and full functional. The barrel also features a unique primitive peep sight which appears to be a period replacement.
The furniture is all original and matching.
This rifle would be a great choice for any collector, particularly anyone with interest in the Western theater. This musket would also be an obvious choice for any reenactor or living history enthusiast who portrays Western soldiery.