The Joslyn rifle was the first breech loading metallic cartridge rifle manufactured at a U.S. national armory. Reportedly, 3,007 were assembled at Springfield Armory in January to June of 1865 utilizing breech units supplied by the Joslyn Firearms Company. 1,600, including this one, were converted to centerfire from their previous rimfire configuration and rechambered for use with the .50-70 Government cartridge. Most of these were reassembled with little regard to matching numbers and sold to the French during the Franco-Prussian War, and some were later turned into shotguns for civilian sales, making .50-70 rifles like this scarce. It has a fixed blade front sight that doubles as a bayonet lug and Model 1864 style rifle-musket rear sight, "M/2803" marked on top of the breechblock, "M/1561" on the upper tang, "1864" and eagle behind "U.S./SPRINGFIELD" on the lock. "G.B.A." inspection initials marked in the stock behind the trigger guard tang. Includes a US socket bayonet and Reuben Nece Philadelphia leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fine, retaining its attractive bright surfaces on the barrel and fittings with a few spots of very light freckling, 60% original blue finish on the rear sight with brown patina on the balance, most of the arsenal refinished oil-quenched casehardened finish remaining on the breechblock, and 90% vivid arsenal refinished case colors on the lock. Stock is fine as refinished with defined edges, scattered dents and scratches, some small chips at the front of the lock, chips behind the barrel tang, and two pin sized holes on the right of the buttstock. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is good with scattered mild pitting. The sling is very good with some light cracking and age related wear.
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