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Old Black Powder Rifle

KeithWKeithW Member Posts: 4
edited July 10 in Ask the Experts

Wanting to find out more about this old cap & ball black powder rifle that an old man gave me as a boy years ago. It's been sitting in the corner of my room behind a bookcase and I really forgot about it. Any information will be appreciated!


  • GrasshopperGrasshopper Member Posts: 16,595 ✭✭✭✭

    "ELG" believe Belgium poof. so European manufacture. Looks like it has some age on it, pretty cool rifle. 32 or 36? caliber, should be some kind of markings on it.

  • KeithWKeithW Member Posts: 4

    Thanks! I know more than I did an hour ago! I checked for other markings besides those I photographed, nothing.

  • thorhammerthorhammer Member Posts: 954 ✭✭✭

    The circle E L G * is a Belgium proofmark......1811 to 1892 at the proofhouse in Liege

    Alphs'e Malherbe is the gunmaker, but I cannot locate his name but many other Malherbe's come up as other Belgium gunmakers, so he is a relative of the more prominent Malherbe's.

    "Mons" is a province in the center of Belgium, and the capital of that province.

    558 is the actual serial number of the rifle. It takes about a 44 caliber or 11 mm lead ball.

  • KeithWKeithW Member Posts: 4

    Wow, thank you for all the information!!! that really is good to know!

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