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Swiss pattern 1842 Rifled Musket. .41 cal. (10.4mm). This gun bears a 'Schaffhausen SIG 24' stamp, leading one to believe it was produced by SIG (SIG's first facilities were in Schaffhausen). This variation most closely aligns with the Infanteriegwehr 1863 (infantry rifle 1863). The only solid comparison musket I could locate is at the Swiss Marksmanship Museum in Berne and I have been researching this gun for over a year.

A little background: in the 1860's, the Swiss were trying to rapidly keep up with modern firearms technology in order to be on equal footing with the other countries of Europe that were adopting breech-loading cartridge rifles. They adopted a number of "transitional" breech loading arms, until the Vetterli design was finalized. The most notable of these transitional arms, was the Milbank-Amsler breechloader. The Swiss converted most of their old muskets to the Milbank-Amsler pattern. This one was spared from being converted, making it very rare.

The musket is 54" long, and is very interestingly engraved with the name, "F. Vetterlin." Vetterlin holds US Patent No. 109,277 from 1870 for a Breech Loading Fire Arm (see pics) and is the designer of the famed Vetterli breech loading repeating rifle. This makes its history even more intriguing.

It has good rifling and is overall in good original condition.


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