RARE LINDNER ALTERATION OF A US M1841 MISSISSIPPI RIFLE
This rare gun is an M1841 Mississippi rifle with a Lindner alteration done in 1861. There were a total quantity of 100 alterations completed by Allen and Morse of Boston, Massachusetts, utilizing the Lindner patent conversion. The conversions were performed on M1841 rifles by Robbins and Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont. The alteration was accomplished by removing the rear section of the barrel breech and replacing it with a pivoting breech section, complete with nipple bolster. A rotating sleeve with a ball handle was mounted to the barrel to release or secure the pivoting breech section. Round barrel with rectangular front sight and added ring bayonet adapter for the saber bayonet.
The breech is marked “US / JH / P”. The lock is marked “ROBBINS & LAWRENCE U.S.” in front of the hammer, and “WINDSOR VT. 1849” to the rear of the hammer. Brass trigger guard, patchbox, “US” marked buttplate, side plate, and barrel bands. Brass tipped iron ramrod and sling swivels. The Lindner alteration is stamped at the top “PATENTED MAR. 29, 1859”.