150. Very Rare Burgess Prototype Pivot Breech Military Musket

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serial #4, 45-70 Govt, 32 1/2" salvaged Springfield Armory barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel retains about 95% original Springfield Armory blue with some minor fading and some light oxidation to the rear of the rear sight. The magazine tube remains in-the-white with the barrel bands each retaining about 40% original maker-applied nickel. The proprietary frame is roughly 10" from the tang to front of action. It is nickel plated, perhaps 70% of which remains, and is marked on its right side only "Burgess Pat.", the flaked areas a pleasing plum brown. The bottom metal is similar and the buttplate is a pewter gray patina and "U.S." marked. The one piece walnut stock rates very good plus to perhaps near excellent, with minor dings and handling marks from the years, but seems solid overall.An interesting action, which utilizes an upward pivoting breechblock to cock hammer, eject spent shell, lift subsequent live round from the magazine and then chamber the round upon closing of the breech bolt. The "charging handle" is spring-loaded and is the means by-which the breechblock is locked closed. Miraculously this slightly over-complex mechanism still functions as-designed. It occasionally needs some manipulation or tuning up but overall it is a good representative example of a brainchild of Andrew Burgess, with-which he hoped to curry the favor of the U.S. government. (38315-147LTS17) {ANTIQUE} (3000/5000) SOLD FOR $6,900.00

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