Monday, February 13, 2017

The Fayetteville Armory Rifle

The Confederate example of the Model 1855 pattern Harpers Ferry rifle that was manufactured at the Fayetteville Armory at Fayetteville, North Carolina. These rifles were manufactured using parts and machinery captured from the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Pictured is the standard late production "Type IV" rifle.
The Fayetteville Armory was one of the most prolific Confederate small arms makers and manufactured only about 5,000 Type lV rifles. They featured a low profile lock plate, brass buttplate, trigger guard, barrel bands and forearm cap. The Type IV rifles lack the brass patch box and sword bayonet lug found on earlier Fayetteville rifles.
However, they were made to accept a socket bayonet with the front sight acting as the lug.
The lock plates were dated "1864" behind the hammer and marked with an eagle over "C.S.A." followed by "FAYETTEVILLE" ahead of the hammer.
The stocks were oil finished walnut but lacked the typical inspector cartouches.

The armory manufactured a total of 8,000 to 9,000 of all five types of this rifle from 1862 to 1865.

Most collectors feel that Fayetteville rifles were a high quality weapon and represented an improvement upon the Model 1855 Harpers Ferry rifle on which it was based. Rifles like this one would sell in the 5 digit figures at auction.

The buttplate tang

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