North Port man buys antique rifle, finds out it’s still loaded

North Port man buys antique rifle, finds out it’s still loaded
Pisano shows off his rifle (Source: North Port Sun)

NORTH PORT, Fla. (North Port Sun) - A North Port man was in for a shock when he purchased a Civil War musket on an online auction.

According to our news partners at the North Port Sun, John Pisano purchased a Springfield 1861 model that was manufactured in Connecticut in 1863 at the Colt Manufacturing Company.

The gun belonged to a soldier in the state of New Jersey. When Pisano received the gun, he found out that the gun was ready to fire.

“It could’ve gone off and killed somebody and I guess that person would’ve been a victim of the Civil War had it gone off,” said Pisano.

Pisano took the weapon to a local gunsmith who helped him safely remove the charge without the gun firing. Jim Morrison, owner of J.M. Gun Repair, told the paper that it appeared as if the load was from the 1860s due to its condition.

“It’s just unbelievable, it’s just awesome to bring back this soldier who loaded this rifle, he loaded this rifle to shoot in battle," said Pisano. "He never would have imagined that it would be unloaded in the year 2020.”

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