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Accession Number:
1988.8.1584
Makers
U.S. Armory, Harpers Ferry, VA, U.S.A.
Descriptions
steel, wood, brass
Names
firearm
Use
rifle
Date:
1803
Dimensions:
L: 48 in, Barrel length: 33 in, H: 7 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
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.
Inscription:
on lock: HARPER'S/FERRY/1803 U.S. (under eagle) [on left side of barrel:] 94 (inside circle;) U.S. (proofmark)
Remarks:
A: gun B: ramrod
Model:
Harper's Ferry U.S. Model 1803 Rifle Type I
Caliber/Gauge:
.54 ML
Serial Number:
94

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