From the Pittsburgh Steelers: Singer, Nimick, and Company 3-inch Rifles

OK, so they had rifled steel cannons in the Civil War. How about an example of one? If you’ve visited Gettysburg recently, you’ve probably walked by this one on the way to the theater. This may look like a typical 3-inch Ordnance Rifle. But there is a significant difference. This rifle is not from PhoenixContinue reading “From the Pittsburgh Steelers: Singer, Nimick, and Company 3-inch Rifles”

Not your average Ordnance Rifle: Interesting gun from Fort Clinch

Fort Clinch, Florida, on the northern tip of Amelia Island, is a great diversion for Civil War enthusiasts (and beach-goers).  Among the attractions is a 3-inch Ordnance Rifle, which was setting on the fort’s parade ground during my visit last summer. There’s no doubt Phoenix Iron Company produced this gun, as all the stamps areContinue reading “Not your average Ordnance Rifle: Interesting gun from Fort Clinch”

From ’63 to ’66: The later batches of 3-inch Ordnance Rifles

In earlier posts I’ve discussed the 3-inch Ordnance Rifles produced by Phoenix Iron Company through 1862.  Early guns had “side sights” and lacked a stamp for Samuel Reeves’ patent.  Although some sources indicate the patent stamp appeared with registry number 236 in the series, I have offered a rebuttal on that point.  Regardless of theContinue reading “From ’63 to ’66: The later batches of 3-inch Ordnance Rifles”