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John Gunderson Antique Militaria
rare Springfield M1847 Cavalry musketoon converted for use by the 1st Colorado Volunteers, fought the Confederate invasion of New Mexico - $3250.00

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Rare M1847 Springfield cavalry musketoon, as altered for the 1st Colorado Volunteers. Tag with the musketoon details the history of the gun, with only 337 musketoons rifled. The 1st Colorado has a fascinating history, the conception of the regiment initially being refused by federal authorities, then accepted, before shortly being redesignated as cavalry. When they departed to defend against the Confederate invasion of New Mexico, most of the men lacked mounts, yet made excellent time on foot, heading to defend Fort Union, New Mexico. They went on to have an excellent record of operations west of the Mississippi. 26" round barrel. Metal parts are cleaned, showing good markings, scattered light pitting present primarily in the barrel breech area, and attractive smooth yellow brass. Stock shows a worn and lightly sanded and refinished appearance with a small crack by the rear lock screw and several scattered minor chips. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.