Civil War Tower Enfield “Pattern 1856 Short Rifle” Description: Civil War imported Enfield Pattern 1856 Army Short Rifle aka “Sergeant’s Rifle”. Simply put, the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket, along with its variants, is one of the most important firearms of the 19th century. The furniture; butt plate, trigger guard, nose guard, left side lock screw escutcheons are entirely made of iron. Nearly 300,000 of the .577-cal. Brass mounted leather scabbard included. The following year in 1857 a new loading and … The bayonet is designed for the 1853 3-band Enfield long rifle. This rifle has been in one family for the past 60 years and came from right here in Georgia along with a Confederate 1842 Springfield. Original two band rifle musket .577 caliber with correct 33” barrel with 3 grooves, saber bayonet lug & original knurl & slotted ramrod. 2 or Bar-on-Band: Overall length 49 inches, barrel length 33 inches, caliber 0.577 inch, rifled with 2 barrel bands. The Enfield 1853 rifle-musket was used by both the North and the South in the American Civil War, and was the second most widely used infantry weapon in the war, surpassed only by the Springfield Model 1861 Rifled Musket. Just over 500,000 Enfield muskets were purchased / imported by the US Ordnance Department during the Civil War. The British Enfield rifle-musket played a significant role in the Civil War. Attached to the rifle the bayonet gave close quarters weapons an extra long reach. rifles saw service with Confederate forces in virtually every major battle of the war. Enfield Pattern 1858 Short-Rifle, also know as the Pattern 1856 No. Enfield/Tower Rifle; British Snider Enfield Rifles; Whitneyville Plymouth M1861 Rifle; M1863 Zouave Rifle; M1855-M1863 US Springfield Muskets; M1861 Special Musket (Colt,L.G. Complete set of bayonet, scabbard, and frog for the 1853 3-band Enfield long rifle. The Enfield P53 was introduced to Indian troops under British rule in 1856. Stout’s classic, original British longarm is an 1863-dated, Tower-marked Enfield Pattern 1856 manufactured by Tower, a private Birmingham, England arms facility. The British Enfield Pattern 1856 followed the original Pattern 1853 into service in an effort to produce a more "infantry-friendly" long gun. By the end of the Crimean War in 1856, the 1842 smoothbore would have been completely replaced by a rifled musket. Original Item: Only One Available. On January 25, 1856 one of the first, and most important long arms to be derived from the Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle Musket was officially approved for use in the British Army. The Enfield rifle-musket was a contributing cause of the Indian rebellion of 1857. The original forms were effective man-killers to be sure however their primary physical restriction lay in their length which made them unwieldy for late-19 Century warfare. 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