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John Gunderson Antique Militaria
M1861 US contract musket by Mowry, shortened - $350.00

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M1861 US contract musket by Mowry, dated 1864 on lock. Original length barrel, stock shortened to near the location of the rear barrel band. Two ramrod retaining points are attached to the bottom of the barrel. Lock is nicely marked, stock has a faint cartouche opposite the lock. Metal parts have a medium to dark patina overall with minimal scattered pitting. Barrel is bored smooth to serve as a shotgun. Stock shows moderate wear and use with initials NS in right side of butt and initials EDR in left side of butt. Wood shows average handling marks overall with a long crack along the left side of the forearm. Internally, the lock sear is broken, it appears the lock will work if a replacement sear is installed. Sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.