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Posted 6 years ago


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Here is an old muzzle loader that was given to me by an old friend. He said it belonged to his grandfather. It's a 69 caliber and it is marked 1834 Milbury, US, A. Waters. It is a cap and ball, but I was told once it originally was a flintlock, and after the civil war it was converted to a cap. Don't know though. Any information I could receive on this gun would be appreciated.

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Nice Model 1816 Flintlock Musket. It looks complete and not cut down as is often encountered on these.

    The conversion is a cone type conversion.

    Many of these conversion arms were used early in the Civil War. Yours is desirable arm for Civil War collectors.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
    Yep, more likely converted before or in the early part of the civil war, instead of afterwards.
  3. dstruble46, 6 years ago
    Would it be a big mistake to have it converted back to flint lock??? Just wondering.
  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    It just depends on what you want.

    As it sits down it is a nice Civil War era musket and I personally wouldn't touch it.

  5. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
    OPINION: If you are thinking it converting it back would increase the value or desirability, I think you'd be making a mistake. It was most likely modified about 150 years ago so it could be pressed into service during the civil war. In many ways I think it's more interesting than if it had not been modified. On the other hand, attempting to "restore" it back to flint lock may be viewed by many (I think most) collectors as ruining a civil war collectible by altering it in the present day.
  6. dstruble46, 6 years ago
    Thanks. I think I will leave it in this condition.

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