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Vic Colonial Hay Pattern Percussion Rifle c1860


A rare Victorian colonial issued Hay pattern volunteer percussion rifle made by Hollis and Sheath of Birmingham. This design was developed from the pattern 1853 musket by the first commandant of the School of Musketry at Hythe, England, Colonel (later General) Charles C Hay who was looking to improve the shooting capabilities of soldiers and their arms.

The .577 calibre with 3 groove Enfield rifling barrel was shortened to 36 inches and the step and leaf rear sights moved further up the barrel. This was to improve the eye focus through the sights. The lock plate is faintly marked ‘HOLLIS & SHEATH MAKERS TO HER MAJESTIES WAR DEPARTMENT’. Birmingham proofs are just visible on the barrel.

Apart from a crack behind the hammer the full stock is in good condition as is the bronze furniture which has a nice mellow patina. Colonial Victorian volunteer issue is indicated by the markings ‘F / 49 / VV’ on the butt plate tang. The iron parts all have varying levels of cleaned up corrosion with the rammer, snap cap and chain being replacements.

Over all this rare rifle rates fair to good with the strong action working as it should.

A genuine Australian colonial artefact that is sold as a collector item only.

The price includes courier shipping in Australia, lay buy is available.

Stock No. L10P

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