Here's a fantastic, rare "Second Model" M1855 Harper's Ferry Rifle. This rifle is a great example of one of the Harper's Ferry Arsenal's most sought after weapons. This particular example is all correct and has been traditionally referred to by collectors as the Iron Mounted "Third Model". These iron mounted rifles are the rarest of all M1855 Rifle configurations as they were only made for two years before the Confederates captured Harper's Ferry in April, 1861.
The stock is full length and in good condition. It shows evidence of some light refinishing, but the original inspector's cartouches are still legible on the lock panel.
The lock markings are crisp and legible. The hammer holds solid on both full and half cock, and the Maynard Tape Primer components are intact and functional. An original roll of tape primers is installed in the lock cavity
The barrel is in phenomenal condition. The original bore is excellent with sharp rifling and no rust or pitting. Both the front and rear sights are original; as is the ram rod.