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 earlier models produced, this example was produced in 1864, according to its serial number.
Overall, the weapon is in great condition but was browned by its previous owner. Wood is in great condition with only one minor crack on the underside next to the extractor lever. Stamps are visible with “Ballard’s Patent Nov. 5, 1861″ on the left flat and “Merwin & Bray Agts New York” on the right flat of the barrel. The “Ball & Williams” stamp on the top flat has been lost to history. The serial number, “649” is stamped underneath the Merwin & Bray address line. Mechanics are crisp and fully functional.
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- 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.
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