The 1853 Percussion Rifle was the first rifle to become a standard issue in the British Army. It features a 39" barrel with three bands of steel, brass trigger guard and butt plate. Complete with adjustable ladder back sight for accurate long range fire, this rifle changed military tactics with its capabilities. Distributed throughout the Empire , it was very extensively imported for use in the U.S. Civil War, particularly by the Confederacy. This rifle, or rather the paper muzzle loading cartridge it used, caused great distress to Britain’s Indian (Sepoy) troops which led to the great Indian Mutiny of 1857-1859. There is a $10.00 additional shipping & handling charge with item.