I have a 1837 Harpers Ferry 69 cal smooth bore musket that was given to me in the 50`s when i was about 12-13 yrs old by a friend of my family. I shot it back then & have shot it recently. Im retired now & i`m in the process of freshing it up a bit. Did they put serial # on weapons back then? As per the pics, all metal parts including the big wood & metal screws are stamped with the # 8 on them except the side lock & hammer. The hammer has a # 2 stamped on it. The barrel has proof marks VP on the left side & on the bottom are these stampings J8, O,& a M or IVI. The tang of the breach plug has #8, O, & M or IVI on it also. On top of it is stamped 1837.The stock has these markins. Lock side JK, trigger guard MG, & left side what apears to be J, then something , & 8. The barrel is 29" long not counting the tang. I was told this is a cut down & also have been told that they made muskets with this length barrel. I saw a pic of a Harpers Ferry with the same length barrel in the past. Any info on this fine old shooter is welcomed.
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