This original M1866 "2nd Allin" rifle is in great shape and all original from top to bottom. But, that's not even the most interesting thing about this piece. What bumps this gun's "cool factor" up a few notches is the stamp on the top of its barrel which reads, "CRS MGM 121"; indicating that this piece was once owned by the Metro Golden Mayer prop department. As one of the largest movie studios in the world during the 20th Century, MGM kept a very large storehouse of weapons. These guns ranged from flintlock muskets all the way up to machine guns; and they were issued to both principle and background actors in countless films. Like most large storehouses, the pieces in the MGM prop house were given inventory numbers in order to keep track of them; and given how popular Westerns were during the "golden age" of Hollywood, its not surprising to fin an 1866 2nd Allin among the weapons in the MGM prop department.
More evidence of this gun's provenance as a MGM prop can be found by comparing it to the famous "Audie Murphy M1861 Trenton" musket that was sold at the famous Little John's Auction house a number of years ago. This valuable gun was carried by Murphy throughout the filming of The Red Badge of Courage and features IDENTICAL inventory stampings on the barrel. Here is the link to the Murphy musket: https://www.icollector.com/18PT-1-AUDIE-MURPHY-TENTON-RIFLE_i31999948
Don't let the term "prop gun" fool you: this is a legitimate and fully functional M1866 .50-70 trapdoor built by the Springfield Armory between 1866 and 1868. Despite years of use by both the Federal Government and MGM, this rifle remains in phenomenal condition.
The lock has a nice, crisp action that holds solid on both full and half cock. The lock plate markings are nice and legible with no pitting. The barrel also has strong stamps. The "trapdoor" action works perfectly and the extractor is intact and functional. The barrel is still full length and both the front and rear sight are original and in good condition. The bore and chamber are in excellent shape with no rust or pitting and excellent rifling .
The stock is in excellent condition with nice edges and visible cartouches. There are no cracks, or rotten spots anywhere. The furniture is all original and matching. This 50-70 would be a great shooter or collector's piece.