Charles H. Ballard of Worcester, MA invented the Ballard rifle and was granted patent number 33631 in November of 1861. The first company to produce the Ballard was Ball & Williams of Worcester, MA, with production running from 1862 to 1865. Merwin & Bray of New York was responsible for handling the distribution and sales of the rifles to the U.S. Government. This model carbine was one of the earliest models produced, this example very early on as the serial number 200 indicates. Overall, the weapon is in great condition, with 80% of the blueing remaining on the 22-1/2″ full octagonal barrel with a great bore. Wood is in great condition with only one crack found on the rear of the butt (likely due to over-tightening of the butt plate screw). Stamps are crisp throughout the carbine with “Ballard’s Patent Nov. 5, 1861″ on the left flat, “Ball & Williams Worcester MA” on the center flat and “Merwin & Bray Agts New York” on the right flat of the barrel. The serial number, “200” is stamped on the top flat of the barrel, upper receiver, left side of the block assembly and on the underside on the ejector lever. Mechanics are crisp and fully functional.
When ordering firearms from Regimental Quartermaster, please be aware of the following:
- Due to state law in New Jersey, we are unable to ship firearms there.
- We can not ship our Firearms outside of the United States.
- Must be 18 years of age to purchase any firearms.
NOTE: ALL black powder musket and revolver shipments require an adult signature for delivery! Due to Legal Restrictions we do not ship firearms to New Jersey or outside the U.S.