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WHITWORTH MILITARY RIFLE
MFG'D BY
MANCHESTER ORDNANCE & RIFLE COMPANY
SERIAL NUMBER D35
CIRCA 1862

A superb Whitworth Military Rifle in a basic military configuration.  It is actually very similar to some of the 2nd Quality Guns bought by the South during the Civil War.  It has a non-checkered stock without patch box and standard P-53 Enfield front and rear sights, which are extremely well made.  The lock is P-53 pattern and has no external hammer lock.  The barrel is 36 inches in length and 52 bore proofed (.451 Cal.).  It has three Badeley Patent barrel bands.  Each is marked Palmer on one wide and Patent on the other and is serial numbered to the gun.  The lock is plain and undecorated.  The lower edge, forward of the hammer, is marked Manchester Ordnance & Rifle Company.  Behind the hammer, the Crown with Wheat Sheaf over W Whitworth trademark is stamped.  The top of the barrel, between the rear sight and breech, is marked Whitworth Patent.  One of the most amazing features of this gun is that it accepts, without any fitting up, a standard P-53 Enfield Bayonet.  When I bought the gun, I realized there was a wear pattern on the end of the barrel, which looked like a socket bayonet had been with it.  I located a couple of examples of a P-53 Enfield Bayonet and they both fit perfectly.  The bayonet that is pictured is not original to the gun but is an Enfield production military bayonet.  I have never heard of a Whitworth Rifle actually set up to receive a socket bayonet but this one flat is and it is authentic and untouched.  The gun retains about 95% of the original barrel finish with 95% plus case colors on the lock plate and hammer.  The barrel bands are high polish blue which is about 60-70% present.  The trigger guard assembly was case hardened and still bears much bright color.  The nose cap and butt plate were also case hardened and are silvering slightly.  The ramrod is an original Whitworth iron rod.  The stock is in beautiful condition with minor dents and dings and no major damage.  The fit and finish of the gun, like all Whitworths, is superior, to day the least.  An extraordinary, early 1862 production, Whitworth Military Rifle.  P.O.R.  SOLD!!