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CIVIL WAR CANNON, 3-INCH ORDNANCE RIFLE, - Lot #4604

This is a great condition 3-inch ordnance rifle manufactured by The Phoenix Iron Company and dated 1865. These rifles were the most widely used gun during the Civil War. Invented by John Griffen, it was extremely durable, with the barrel made of wrought iron. This one has all the bells and whistles to include all markings and inspection marks as well as the U. S. Surcharge and issue date stampings. The outside of the tube is smooth and crisp and the inside shows strong rifling. The gun is for sale with a brand-new wooden carriage made to exact specifications with the tube re-painted, or the tube can be sold as-is in the photo. The gun will look like the one pictured on a similar carriage in our photo file. I have also included a wartime photo of one of these guns in our file. The Phoenix Iron Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania was the largest producer of these guns. There are few cases on record of any of these tubes fracturing or bursting and they were exceptionally accurate. During the Battle of Atlanta, a Confederate gunner was quoted: "The Yankee three-inch rifle was a dead shot at any distance under a mile. They could hit the end of a flour barrel more often than miss, unless the gunner got rattled." This is a really great piece that could be yours.
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CIVIL WAR CANNON, 3-INCH ORDNANCE RIFLE,

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