I'm sure you guys get this alot from us folk in Afghanistan. I picked up an 1858 Enfield pistol from the bazaar the other day and am now starting to wonder just how authentic it is. In my glee at finding a good confition pistol, I didn't look really really really close at some of the details. Admittedly I am less of an expert at the pistols than I am at the rifles (I got an 1871 Snider-Enfield from the same vendor that was later verified as being real). Now I'm starting to wonder just how authentic it is. The things that make me wonder are of course the condition considering we are in afghanistan, the color of the rust, the clarity of the various marks (though I would assume a good condition real gun should also have clear marks), the woodwork behind the lock (my snider was very precide and smooth, this one less so) and most of all a gap between the barrel and the "snail" behind the nipple. The rust color has me somewhat concerned too. In addition, I've not been able to find much on this type of pistol, but I've seen different types of this vintage enfield. One with the lock attached in the same manner with the bolt heads on the opposite side of the lock, one with one bolt head on the lock side closest to the barrel end, and both round and octogonal barrels. Any thoughts? I've attached a few pics of the pistol in question. Thanks.
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