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Antique Percussion Rifles

An improvement on flintlock and matchlock rifles, percussion rifles were faster to reload and required fewer moving parts. While laymen often did not appreciate these improvements, the military did.

Percussion rifles were much more durable than their predecessors due to their simplicity and the lower likelihood of parts failure. The percussion rifle was also more reliable when faced with harsh weather and could be counted on to fire in the rain.

The United States military adopted the percussion rifle in 1841. It was known as the 1841 Mississippi rifle. Most Western European nations adopted percussion rifles, resulting in a multitude of different rifles. Their weapons were made from quality materials and can still be found in good condition nearly two centuries later. Many antique percussion rifles are of military origin and often remained in armories well past their usefulness. Antique percussion rifles offer history enthusiasts the chance to hold a piece of history.


Quick Facts

  • Some M1841 Mississippi rifles are fitted with long-range sights and converted to .58 caliber for long-range shooting
  • The exact origin of the nickname of one of the most famed percussion rifles, the Brown Bess, is unknown to this day
  • Many older muskets were easily converted into percussion rifles

Recommended Items at Auction

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RG Andrew 22 Cal. Percussion Target Rifle
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
RG Andrew 22 Cal. Percussion Target Rifle
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $150- $200
$1258 Bids
Two Percussion Rifles
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Two Percussion Rifles
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $300- $500
$2501 Bid
1850s German H.G. Cordes 65 Cal. Percussion Target Rifle
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
1850s German H.G. Cordes 65 Cal. Percussion Target Rifle
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
German Swivel Breech .62Cal. Percussion Rifle
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
German Swivel Breech .62Cal. Percussion Rifle
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$5001 Bid
Jukar .45 BP Rifle .45 BP
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
Jukar .45 BP Rifle .45 BP
by Accurate Gun Auctions
Est: $20- $20,000
$101 Bid
Charles Siebert 30 Cal. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
Charles Siebert 30 Cal. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
JOSEPH GOLCHER Marked Percussion Rifle
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
JOSEPH GOLCHER Marked Percussion Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $300- $500
$2501 Bid
Perkussions-Gewehr, deutsch, 18. & Anfang 19. Jh.
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CET
Perkussions-Gewehr, deutsch, 18. & Anfang 19. Jh.
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €400- €500
€1500 Bids
Two European Percussion Muskets
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Two European Percussion Muskets
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $650- $950
$5500 Bids
Unmarked Belgian Cadet Percussion Rifle
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Unmarked Belgian Cadet Percussion Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $300- $500
$2500 Bids
Two Contemporary Percussion Rifles with Boxes
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Two Contemporary Percussion Rifles with Boxes
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $450- $750
$4000 Bids
Investarm Hawken Percussion Rifle
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Investarm Hawken Percussion Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $200- $350
$1800 Bids
Three Percussion Rifles
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Three Percussion Rifles
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $450- $750
$4000 Bids
Two Antique Single Shot Target Rifles
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Two Antique Single Shot Target Rifles
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $500- $900
$4500 Bids
A .650 PERCUSSION TOWER CONSTABULARY CARBINE, no visible serial number,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A .650 PERCUSSION TOWER CONSTABULARY CARBINE, no visible serial number,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
A .750 PERCUSSION TOWER VICTORIA CARBINE, no visible serial number,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A .750 PERCUSSION TOWER VICTORIA CARBINE, no visible serial number,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
A .750 PERCUSSION PATTERN 1839 MUSKET SIGNED LACY & CO, LONDON, serial no. 22,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A .750 PERCUSSION PATTERN 1839 MUSKET SIGNED LACY & CO, LONDON, serial no. 22,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
A LATE 13-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING GUN BY JOHN MANTON, LONDON, serial no. 11860,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A LATE 13-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING GUN BY JOHN MANTON, LONDON, serial no. 11860,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£1,0000 Bids
A CASED 12-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING GUN SIGNED J.C. SMITH, no visible serial number,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A CASED 12-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING GUN SIGNED J.C. SMITH, no visible serial number,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £700- £900
£7000 Bids
A .577 PERCUSSION VOLUNTEER RIFLED MUSKET SIGNED WILKINSON, LONDON, no visible serial number,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A .577 PERCUSSION VOLUNTEER RIFLED MUSKET SIGNED WILKINSON, LONDON, no visible serial number,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £600- £800
£6000 Bids
A 14-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING GUN SIGNED STEVENS, LONDON, no visible serial number,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A 14-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING GUN SIGNED STEVENS, LONDON, no visible serial number,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £750- £1,000
£7500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Percussion Rifles


Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers

Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House

Vogt Galleries Texas

Vogt Galleries Texas