Item #29081

Civil War Greene Breech-Loading, Bolt Action Rifle

  • Price: $2,495.00
  • Maker: Greene
  • Model: Rifle
  • Caliber: .53 Cal

  • Description: NSN, .53 caliber, 35ā€ barrel with some small dark spots of pitting in the otherwise bright, excellent Lancaster oval bore rifling. The metal of this rifle has an overall plum-brown patina with mild freckling along the exposed portions of the barrel, receiver, and bolt. The ring-shaped, bottom mounted hammer and trigger guard tang have some traces of the original blue that blends into a mixed gray, and plum-brown patina. The bolt release button on the top tang is functional, but does have some light surface damage and some impact marks around the edges. The walnut stock has light surface blemishes and handling marks throughout with some small chips along the edges of the ramrod channel, and some further bruising at the buttplate on both sides. A short, hairline crack is present at the toe of the butt on the left side. There are no discernible inspector cartouches on the wrist, but there is a series of ā€œCā€ stamps in the wood along the crest of the comb, and stamped into the metal on the buttplate tang. The rifle is mechanically excellent and a correct, trumpet-shaped ramrod is included. The Greene was sold to Russia just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, when it became the first bolt action rifle adopted by the US Ordnance Department, with a total of 900 pieces purchased. Some very small quantities were sold to various state militia units via William Read & Sons. This is a very good-fine example of a desirable US rifle and would make a great addition to any collection. Antique