69 caliber smoothbore with 1824 dated lock, sparks beautifully. Used by
the US military (and the Confederacy) clear into the Civil War because
of its simplicity and low cost and upkeep.
Here it is, all grown up, but you can see how manly it is. It has
muscled out with all parts, is assembled and ready to campaign. I
had originally thought that all 1816’s presented with a bright military
metal finish but discovered that model II’s, which this one is, were
browned, except for springs and screws, with an oil finish for the