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US M1808 Barstow percussion conversion contract musket - $750.00

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US M1808 Barstow percussion conversion contract musket. 44-1/2" round barrel with proofs at breech and script "US". Lock marked with "J&CB" to rear of hammer and "US" over eagle over "EXETER" in front of hammer. Ramrod, upper band, upper band spring, sling swivels, bolster, barrel tang screw and one lock screw are absent. Metal parts have an untouched patina overall with storage rust and some pitting, primarily in the barrel breech area. Stock is fair, showing average wear and use, has some small worn slivers missing from forearm edges, piece of wood missing on either side of barrel tang, left side filled with wood filler, and numerous minor age checks in the butt. Buttstock comb was skived out, reputedly to facilitate shooting with heavy winter wear. Where the comb was thin had cracked and was repaired with some small nails long ago. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.