Confederate Pattern 1851 Minié Rifle - Wartime modification to include the .577 caliber barrel and 1861 lockplate!
The Pattern 1851 Minié Rifle is one of the scarcest general issue British military percussion long arms. The gun was the first rifled percussion arm to be widely issued to the British infantry, and replaced the smoothbore M-1842 percussion musket.
According to Confederate purchasing records, some 14,900 British Pattern 1851 Minié Rifles were purchased during the early days of the war, and at least 10,000 of these arms (and probably all of them) were purchased from J.E. Barnett & Sons of London, who had acquired the guns from the British Ordnance Department. All known examples of Confederate imported Pattern 1851 Minié Rifles show at least the remnants of their original British military proofs, and often a secondary set of London commercial proofs, applied during the Barnett refurbishment process. Barnett sold the majority of the arms to S. Isaac & Campbell.
Inventory Number: RIF 029