Ballard Rifle, .44cal SN# 21420 (Dual Ignition)
Charles H. Ballard of Worchester, MA invented the Ballard rifle and was granted patent number 33631 in November of 1861. Brown Manufacturing only produced about 1,700 Ballard rifles of all types during the four years that they manufactured the rifles. Of those about 700 were sporting arms, and it is estimated that about 1,000 were military rifles. The military rifles were all chambered for .46 rimfire (.44cal), and a handful of them, just like this one, were manufactured with a dual ignition system that allowed the guns to fire both rimfire ammunition and allowing the arms to be ignited with percussion caps as well. On the left is stamped "BROWN MFG. Co. NEWBURYPORT. MASS, BALLARD'S PATENT, NOV 5, 1861", on the upper receiver "21420 (second 2 is double stamped, likely to cover up a mistaken stamp) and on the barrel "No. 46" before the rear sight and "21420" to the rear. Some blueing is still present on the barrel and receiver, wood has regular wear and tear marks.
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