Enfield Pattern 1853 Rifle-Musket, England 1853
Reproduction of an English musket, made of metal and wood, with loading and firing simulated mechanism.
At the end of 1853, the Enfield rifle was approved by the War Department of the British Empire, it was in production from 1853 to 1867 and approximately 1,500,000 units were manufactured; It was widely used in the Crimean War (1853-1856) and in the American Civil War (1861-1865). It was the most widely used rifle, especially among the Confederate troops, who imported more Enfield rifles than any other weapon during the war, buying them from private contractors and arms dealers, becoming the second most used rifle in the war.
The Enfield 1853, also known as Pattern 1853 Enfield, was a 15mm (.577) caliber muzzle-loading musket. The rifle had a steel barrel whose bore only had three stripes and was attached to the handguards with three metal clamps, so the rifle was often called “three-band model”. The bullets that it used were usually of the Minié model and were not made by melting lead into a mold, but by cutting a thick lead thread, which gave him more resistance.
The length of said rifle allowed firing by ranks, since a long rifle was needed to allow the guns of the rifles of the second line to protrude in front of the men’s face in the first line, in order to protect them; it also allowed the weapon to be long enough to mount the bayonet to repel a cavalry attack if necessary.
Enjoy this DENIX reproduction of the Enfield 1853 rifle, a weapon which is much appreciated by historical reenactors of the Civil War and collectors of weapons for its quality, precision and reliability!