MemberDecember 15, 2019 at 2:34 am
I’m a huge Civil War nerd, and I really want to start collecting memorabilia from that time period. I would kill to get my hands on a Springfield Model 1861 or a Henry rifle. I’m not sure who I can trust, since it’s impossible to tell whether a website is lying about the authenticity of their product. Anybody have any tips?
N0_Tr3bbl3GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 2:34 am
Auctions, mostly. Civil war guns are expensive and rare.
Criggity6GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 2:34 am
You would probably save lots of money and some time buying modern produced model recreations of that time period. IIRC in most states you have to be 18 to buy a rifle, even a muzzleloader. 21 in some states.
A quick search pulled up some 1850-1860’s recreation revolvers from cabelas, though I’m not sure if you have to be 21 to purchase or not because of it being a pistol. https://www.cabelas.com/category/Black-Powder-Revolvers/567338580.uts
Here is some that you can make and fire yourself, again do some research on age requirements because I have no idea on that. https://www.traditionsfirearms.com/category/Build-it-Yourself-Kits
thedudesopinion13GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 2:34 am
Not gonna claim I know your finances but I’d be willing to bet you, me, and the guy below this post can’t all together afford an original Henry lol
KromulentGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 2:34 am
There’s two paths ahead.
The first path is to take advantage of the excellent modern repros that are now available – some are junk, and some are frankly better quality than the originals. Civil war re-enactors know the ins and outs of these guns and often have used examples for sale. A thousand bucks for a nice rifle is not uncommon, but you can do very well for half that.
If you really want originals, there is simply no substitute for knowledge. Spend $200 on the right books and learn the details for yourself. An original rifle in nice shape is going to cost more than a good repro. However, if you have lots of money and knowledge, you can get whatever you want.
ResearchPressGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 2:34 am
Have a look at the [Small Arms & Edged Weapons](https://civilwartalk.com/forums/small-arms-edged-weapons.93/) section of CivilWarTalk forums. Lots of pictures and talk of Civil War small arms, which will help you start to understand what markings to look for, and the huge variety of arms used. I’m in the UK so not best placed to advise on US sources, but besides auction houses have a look at [The Horse Soldier](http://www.horsesoldier.com) shop at Gettysburg – I visited them when in the US several years ago. Their stock inventory should help you learn more and what to budget for. Get the best you can afford when looking at condition, especially if you may want to shoot them in the future – you may be able to accept some compromise if you’re looking for something to display rather than shoot. If you do want to shoot an original arm, be sure to get it checked out by someone competent first – I shoot my original muzzle loading Enfield rifle out to 600 yards in competition.
Dexter-the-CatGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 2:34 am
thephasteroneGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 2:34 am
There are many reproductions manufactured today. See Lodgedwood MFG, Dixie Gun Works, Cabela’s, etc.
If you want to shoot such guns in competition check out the North-South Skirmish Association at [www.n-ssa.org](https://www.n-ssa.org).
They have forums where you can learn a lot at http://www.n-ssa.net.
swampmeisterGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 2:34 am
You got to go to Rock Island, ILL and go see the Auction house there. They have catalogs, they have online auctions… but the Gun Inspection period before the auctions is so COOL. Get a hotel and stay all day… 1, 2 days before… ask to see everything.
They also have a great Photography dept, where they make up the ads/ catalog photos. A work of art each one! ( and they have way cool photographs on the walls of the shop/ store!). They will feed you hotdogs and soda on the day of the auction(s). It is a real education!
They document a lot of all their pieces… some comes from deceased collectors, and some come from 1sie/ 2sie’s… but you can tell what is what by seeing it with your own eyes. You will love it, trust me! You can also see some of their guns on both their in house Your tube channel and on Forgotten Weapons dot com!!! ( which is also a You tubiez channel!).
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