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Record 264/294
Wesson .44 caliber Rifle (Carbine), patented by Franklin Wesson on November 11, 1862 and manufactured by B. Kitteredge & Company, Cincinnati, OH: American black walnut butt stock with steel butt plate; sling swivel at bottom is missing; steel receiver which breaks open at top for loading .44 caliber rimfire cartridge; steel cone on receiver tang (unknown purpose); two-triggers (first trigger releases the breech) with trigger guard stamped with serial number 4271; steel octagon barrel with sliding cartridge ejector and adjustable rear sights (piece missing) stamped "WESSON WORCESTER MASS/OCT. 25, 1859 & NOV. 11, 1862"; blade front sight and sling swivel underneath is not present. The Wesson Rifle was technically a carbine used by cavalry troops. The US government only ordered 151 carbines, but many northern states purchased them for their cavalry: Kentucky 1,366; Indiana 760; Colonel Ripley's Regiment 150; Colonel Collins' Regiment 220; and several other states.
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