The SUHL Contract Model 1861 Rifle Musket has been described as “one of the rarest of all Civil War weapons". These hand made muskets were made in what is now present day Suhl, Germany. Not much is known about the details of this foreign M1861 contract. We do know that the guns were built by Christian Funk of Suhl, which was located in the German state of Thuringia. The guns were most likely imported by William Hahn of New York. Hahn delivered 481 “German Muskets, Springfield Pattern”, at prices that ranged from $14.50 to $16.50 each. The deliveries were made in two lots, with 179 being delivered March 7, 1862 and the balance of 302 being delivered on July 15, 1862. With a total production number under 500, the Suhl M1861 isn't just the rarest of all the more than two dozen M1861 contract models, it's one of the rarest Civil War firearms in general.
This example is all original with great markings; however it has been sporterized via the shortening of the stock and barrel and the reaming out of the barrel to 20 gauge smooth bore.
The lock retains, deep legible markings and the hammer holds solid on both full and half cock.
The stock has been sanded, but there is no cracks, chips or rotten spots.
The barrel is roughly 33" and the bore is fair with some scattered pits.
While this musket has been modified during the post war years, it is still in extremely desirable example of an extremely rare gun.