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Brazilian Light Minnie Rifle
Item #: FDR15-084
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Here is an example of the Brazilian Light Minié Rifle, manufactured by the O.P. Drissen company of Liege. This particular weapon was a unique combination of the features found on the British Pattern 1856/58/60 series of Enfield short rifles and the French Light Minié rifle. The overall condition of the gun is fair.

The iron is fairly smooth throughout with a dark tone noted and very light peppered pitting near the breach. The bore is for the most part clean with the memory of the rifling still present. The rear sight is missing, however the front sight is present as is the bayonet lug on the front right. The D.Anchor.C is present on all metal parts including the barrel bands, lock plate, hammer. A faint mark is also present in the wood on the butt stock. The ramrod is a replacement and is incorrect for this model.

The hammer softly pulls back but does not stay at full cock. I surmise it can be easily fixed if needed. The brass shield that sits behind the barrel tang is present. As you can see, the wood stock is in fair condition overall with a small 1.5inch crack running from behind the lock plate noted. Just the normal wear that is seen on a musket of this age. This is a solid example of a weapon that would see service often in the Western theater of the war and will display very nicely.


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