Swiss large caliber Milbank-Amsler breech loading rifle in very nice condition! Originally, M.1842 smoothbore percussion musket, later it was converted to rifled percussion musket M.1842 T.59. The rifling was cut in the barrel and the new, modern style rear sights were added. Finally, the rifle was converted to breech loader M.1842 T.59-67 in the late 1860-s. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863.
Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler.
The rifle displays maker's markings on the breech mechanism, "GEB. SUIZER". Swiss cantonal militia property markings are stamped on the left side of the stock, "E.G." (In the oval) and the weapon number "1160". Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock.
The lock plate displays Belgian gun maker markings, "Crown over BF" (Beuret Freres, Liege). The same markings are also present on the counter plate, trigger guard, buttplate and on all barrel bands. The lower part of the buttstock displays a maker's name as well, "Beuret". Belgian gun makers manufactured percussion muskets for various Swiss cantons.
The rifle has matching serial numbers (stamped on the barrel, breech block and stock). Three steel barrel bands. Flat, musket style steel buttplate.
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