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Old August 19th, 2019, 04:30 PM #11
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I'll give you $50 for it...

That's a beaut!
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Old August 19th, 2019, 06:52 PM #12
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Patent date of the rifle is 1802.
The rifle is based on Peabody's patent from the 1860's. Martini made an improvement replacing the external hammer with an internal striker.

I believe it was Francotte that made a further improvement to the small frame Peabody-Martini by developing a method to remove the moving parts by taking out one screw or pin and the action parts come out as a unit. The patent date for that could well be 1902.
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Receiver is clearly stamped 1802.
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Receiver is clearly stamped 1802.
Francotte was established in 1805 so that cant be right.

There is nothing clear about the picture of that mark. The first two numbers are super blurry.

Also Martini rifles didn't come in until the 1870s. Definitely not 1802 tech.
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According to Wiki the percussion cap didn't come out until 1820 let alone self contained cartridges.
The .22 short, the first viable self contained cartridge with gunpowder wasn't released until 1857 released in the S&W #1 revolver.
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