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The ball could pierce up to 4 inches of thick wood even at range which gave it good man-stopping qualities.

The Pattern 1853 sported an adjustable ramp rear sight with a fixed post front.

The rear sight was adjustable through a rear friction cross bar/standing leaf arrangement.

Unloaded weight was a hefty 9.5 pounds while the gun sported a running length of 55 inches.

7.5" H x 55.25" W x 1.75" DBritish 1853 Pattern Enfield rifle-musket, .577 caliber British 1853 Pattern Enfield rifle-musket, .577 caliber also fired a .58 caliber bullet used by both the Union and the Confederacy.

The Enfield Pattern 1853 (or .577 Enfield) rifle-musket was the standard-issue musket of the British Empire beginning in 1853 (hence its designation).

The type served in several notable conflicts of the period including the Crimean War (1853-1856), the United States Civil War (1861-1865) and the New Zealand Land Wars (1845-1872).

It was favorably regarded for its accuracy at range and some 1,500,000 were in circulation with production spanning 1853 to 1867 from the Royal Small Arms Factory.

The Pattern 1853 was in service from 1853 to 1871 before technology superseded the outgoing muzzle-loading long gun.

The Enfield Pattern 1853 was developed specifically to outfit British infantry with a new modern long gun capable of accepting a British-modified version of the French Minie long lead ball developed by Captain Claude Minie.

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