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Appraiser JM
Appraiser JM, Certified Appraiser
Category: Blue Book of Guns, Firearms Appraisals
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Experience:  Certified Appraiser, Appraiser's Association of America. Association of Online Appraisers. USPAP qualified through 2019
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I have a barrel rifle that measures 52" in length and weighs

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I have a long barrel rifle that measures 52" in length and weighs 10.6 lbs., and I was told it might be Civil War era. The markings are hard to see but I can make out the letters USM and possibly N. Inside the barrel are 7 straight grooves. The stock is of what appears to be tiger maple and has been varnished. I would like to know a price and some history if that's possible. There is some pitting on the barrel and the stock has some chips. Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Blue Book of Guns, Firearms Appraisals
Expert:  Appraiser JM replied 1 year ago.

Hi, my name is*****'m a certified appraiser and I'd be happy to help.

This is a perch belly percussion rifle, from the mid to late 19th century, also known as an Eastern halfstock rifle. It's likely from the era right after the Civil War, and it looks to be from the New York area. This is a sporting rifle.

Unfortunately, it's in very poor condition, with significant wear and damage to both metal and wood parts, with a completely missing percussion lock.

In this condition, the value would be perhaps $300.00.

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