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2011 is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of The Civil War.

In the hundred and fiftieth anniversary year of the War between the States, known as the American Civil War, or simply the Civil War (1861-1865) Davide Pedersoli introduced some months ago a series of rifles and carbines that include the most representative models that equipped the soldiers of the opposing armies in that war.
During the Civil War the various government arsenals, contract manufacturers, including many famous names, dedicated themselves to the production of guns that were to be assigned to the various units, mainly the infantry units. For various reasons, due to insufficient production to meet the demands of battle, or the search for a more favourable price, some European Arms manufacturers also dedicated a large part of their production for export to the American States, both for the Union and the Confederate troops. Many suppliers armed both sides of the battle.
The Enfield, Cook & Brother, Mississippi and Richmond models have been chosen by Davide Pedersoli to reproduce as these were guns used for almost the entire war period and that today, faithfully reproduced, represent the models preferred by historical re-enactors for the various commemorative events.
Of the Enfield types, Pedersoli offers the 1853 Pattern, the 1858 Short Rifle Pattern and the 1861 Short Rifle Pattern. The first one, which was considered to be the best military weapon of that time, was introduced from the Royal Enfield arsenal after extensive trials and studies to improve upon the features and the dimensions of previous models, but retaining the overall aesthetic features.
Even as some modifications were developed during the years, for instance the bands shape, this rifle revealed its efficiency and it was also manufactured abroad under contract in Belgium and India.
Considering the need to provide a musket to the other corps or regiments than infantry, shorter models were made. At the beginning the Pattern 1853 was simply shortened, but within few years the various models were adapted to different military needs and therefore the Pattern 1858 Two Band rifle was introduced. The barrel was retained in the stock by 2 bands, which is the most evident feature distinguishing this rifle from the longer Pattern1853 3 Band Rifle.
An additional short rifle produced at Enfield addressed the needs of artillery units, extremely handy with a short barrel length, it became known as the Musketoon Pattern 1861. The barrel is retained in the stock by two steel bands and it features a step adjustable rear sight.
The Cook & Brother artillery carbine reproduces the gun created by Ferdinand W.C. and Francis Cook, young emigrants from England and founders in the 1855 of a machinery works in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the beginning of 1861 with Louisiana’s secession in January and the attack on Fort Sumter in April, the Cook brothers started to manufacture guns.
The bombing of the town by the Union Navy, on the 18th of April 1861 obliged the Cook brothers to move their activities to Athens, Georgia. The gun production in New Orleans, considering the short time, was limited to about a thousand units between infantry rifles and artillery carbines, while another seven thousand units, including also some Cavalry carbines, were produced in Athens. Cook & Brother guns were manifestly inspired by the well known English Enfield models.
Among the guns of American origin, Davide Pedersoli is producing the Model 1841, better known as the Mississippi Rifle. Considered to be the best ordnance American musket of the time, it was produced at Harper’s Ferry from 1846 to 1855 in something more than 25000 units. Other 45500 units were commissioned from other well known gun manufacturers, e.g.: Remington, Tryon and Whitney. The Mississippi Rifle’s nickname came from the fact that the gun equipped a regiment of Mississippi State Militia during the war against Mexico (1848).
Another gun of historical importance is the Richmond rifle, produced using machinery moved from the Harpers Ferry’s arsenal, abandoned on the 18th of April 1861, to Richmond, capital of the Confederacy. The gun, among the most popular during the American Civil War, was produced based on the US 1855 model with the Maynard tape primer and it is for this reason that the lock plate features that hump at the upper side, which was however reduced during the following years to simplify production. Except for the lock plate profile, and the butt plate and the forend tip of brass, the gun’s appearance is similar to the US 1861 Model, the corresponding infantry musket of the Northern troops, which, seeing the hammer’s design, can be traced back to the earlier US 1855 model.
The 1861 Springfield Model and the 1816 Colt Conversion model, both in Pedersoli’s catalogue for some years, complete the range included among the new “Silver Line Guns”: a significant path for people fond of target shooting and historical re-enactment.
For each gun we analyzed every detail to reproduce it like the original gun. First of all the weight, thanks to the use of the American walnut for the stocks and the slight swamp of the barrels. The precise marks and writing on the barrels, on the locks and the cartouches on the stocks. The stock line has practically the original models’ profile.


S.201 - Mississippi US Model 1841 Percussion Rifle .58 cal.
S.205 - Richmond C.S. 1862 Rifle Musket .58 cal.
S.243 - Springfield 1861 US Percussion Rifle .58
S.273 - 1816 HARPER'S FERRY COLT CONVERSION .69 cal.
S.221 - Enfield 3 band Pattern 1853 Rifle Musket .58 cal.
S.218 - Enfield Musketoon Pattern 1861 Short Rifle
S.220 - Enfield 2 band Pattern 1858 Naval Rifle .58 cal.
S.291 - Zouave US Model 1863 Rifle .58 cal.
S.209 - COOK & BROTHER Artillery Carbine  24" .58 cal.

 


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