Re: SN & WTC Rifle Information Wanted
"Ideally," one should be hard-pressed to find federal inspector and proof stampings on the Norris & Clement M1861's and M1863's as they were produced under specified contract for the state of MASS during 1863 (2,000) and 1864 (1,000). (Fuller, 204)
That does not "jive" with the surviving numbers of them, which may be explained by the Massachusett's Master of Ordnance Report in 1864 that said:
"11,000 Springfield Rifle Muskets & Appendages" as having been purchased for which MASS paid $206,112.50 or $18.75 per stand. (Riley, 84)
There are also "artillery rifles" (shortened rifle-muskets) cut down to barrel lengths of 31 inches. I have seen one such, an M1863, and it carried no federal markings just as the "standard" M1861/M1863 rifle-muskets did not. I have never came across any accounts or documentation regarding
their being ordered or in what numbers. I would guess, baring the reported absence of federal markings, that the N & C artillery-rifles were also for MASS
artillery unit use.
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