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Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle
  • Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle

Thomas Wilson P1860 Experimental Rifle

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£4,800.00


Product Description

Thomas Wilson of Birmingham produced this alternative bolt action design that was amongst the earliest bolt type conversions for the P1853 Enfield rifle muskets, as details were being submitted to the British authorities as early as April 1860.

Altered with a new open-topped receiver, in accordance with a patent dating from 1859: A bolt slid in the receiver, being held in place by a wedge sliding laterally behind the hammer. This was released by pulling back on an articulated finger-piece on the rear of the bolt.

Six rifles were among nearly 50 P1853 rifle muskets converted to seven different breach systems in 1864-5. They had a one piece straight wrist stock, a government pattern side cock and three Baddelay bands. The knurled finger piece on the butt of the bolt and the rounded head on the locking wedge behind the hammer were most distinctive. Though the Wilson Rifles performed well, the Snider was preferred.

An improved Wilson rifle was tested with a centre fire pattern, the striker driven by a leaf spring. This had a bolt that was pushed home with the ball of the palm, until a locking collar on the rear could be could be rotated to the left in order to engage the lugs with their seats in the receiver. They were eventually rejected when a premature explosion in the breech destroyed the gun. Similar weapons were submitted to trials held throughout Europe (Trials in Spain in 1868. Finally rejected 24/8/70).

Most of the stock of rifles was sold to France during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. These were half stocked. A typical Wilson Rifle chambered a 50 calibre center fire round. It was 53.5" long and weighed 9.3lbs. The 39" barrel had 5 groove rifling and the ramp and leaf rear sight was graduated to 1000 yards. A bushed P1853 socket bayonet could be attached to the muzzle when needed.

Here is a genuine original Thomas Wilson improved rifle, that was bought in Munich and probably came form the Bavarian Royal Armouries. This is an extremely rare piece of 19th century rifle history of which there may be no more than 5 still in existence.

References
-Rifles of the World by John Walter
-Siglos de Armamento en Espana - Barcelo Rub

Size: 131.5 cm (51½ inches)
Weight: 3.9kg

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