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Accession Number: 1988.8.1584

Date : 1803

Gloss: This U.S. rifle Model 1803 was manufactured at the Harpers Ferry Armory. It is a first type, manufactured from 1803 to 1807. About 4000 were produced. It was the first U.S. regulation rifle, and was the issue weapon for the Lewis and Clark expedition May, 1804 to Sept, 1806. This model was used in the War of 1812. This gun is one of two known specimens dated "1803". The other is in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Dimensions: L: 48 in, Barrel length: 33 in, H: 7 in

Credit Line: Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection

Remarks: A: gun B: ramrod

Inscription: on lock: HARPER'S/FERRY/1803 U.S. (under eagle) [on left side of barrel:] 94 (inside circle;) U.S. (proofmark)

Synopsis: firearm- rifle- U.S. Armory, Harpers Ferry, VA, U.S.A.- wood- brass- steel- on lock: HARPER'S/FERRY/1803 U.S. (under eagle) [on left side of barrel:] 94 (inside circle;) U.S. (proofmark)- Harper's Ferry U.S. Model 1803 Rifle Type I- .54 ML- 94- A: gun B: ramrod

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