1841 Harpers Ferry Mississippi conversion (1848) 1 1

1841 "Mississippi"

This is one of the many projects I've had on my plate, and last week saw Lee Gray's excellent information on the 1841 Mississippi rifles. I will be adding loads of photos to this page in the coming weeks, along with as much information as I can capture to (1) help me understand the differences between the various 1841 manufacturers and Merrill conversion details, and (2) identify differences between the 1841's and subsequent year models.  I might have several conversions classified as "Mississippi" that by their very stamp of 1842+ excludes them from being "Mississippi".  


The below information is courtesy of Lee Gray (confederatearmscompany.com):


- Remington Mississippi barrels are marked US over JH or JCB or ADK over P. Barrel flat is marked Steel with two cartouches opposite lock.

- Robbins, Kendall & Lawrence Mississippi barrels are marked US over JCB or NWP or JAG over P. Two cartouches opposite lock.

- Robbins & Lawrence Mississippi barrels are marked US over JH or JPC, JAG, JCB, LBC,GW, or SK over P. Two cartouches opposite lock.

- Tryon Mississippi barrels are marked US over JH or NWP over sunken P. Small US on barrel and buttplate. Two cartouches opposite lock.

- Whitney Mississippi barrels are marked US over SK, SM, GW, JH, JCB, JPC, or ADK over VP. Marked Steel on barrel flat. Two cartouches opposite lock. This is not to be confused with a small VP, eaglehead found on Harpers Ferry made rifles.

- Harpers Ferry Mississippi barrels are marked with a VP and eaglehead at rear of breech. PM over P, AW over P, WW over P all in small letters, No cartouches but JLR or JHK in block letters opposite lock.. Patchbox has three small router holes and no US on buttplate. -

- This information was given by Trevor Bovee and me after viewing over hundreds of Mississippi Rifles.

- Patina and consistent wear is the key to all guns.  Many Mississippi Rifles were mixed during arsenal alterations, some have Springfield musketoon locks in them since actual use. 

- Snell Mississippi rifles can have confederate modifications, etc. Experience is crucial. The more you handle, the more you will learn.

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