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Dickson Nelson & Co Rifle

Confederate States (1862)
Picture of Dickson Nelson & Co Rifle Percussion Smoothbore Rifle Musket

The Dickson Nelson & Co Rifle was based on the flintlock Model 1814 long gun, modified to a percussion-based action during the American Civil War.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Dickson Nelson & Co Rifle Percussion Smoothbore Rifle Musket.  Entry last updated on 6/19/2013; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Confederate arms suppliers of the American Civil War utilized whatever means to supply their army which lacked the facilities that favored the Union in the north. This included the adoption of the Model 1841 "Mississippi Rifle" by the Dickson Nelson & Company. An in-house lockplate and percussion nipple were added and these guns were completed with all-brass furniture. Chambered for the large .58 bullet, these guns fired through a 33.5-inch long smoothbore barrel loaded from the muzzle. The body was of a single wooden (dark cherry) piece with a single barrel band featured. A ramrod was housed under the barrel in the usual way though, interestingly, bayonet mountings were not included. The pistol grip was integrated into the rifle form and set aft of the underslung trigger group. A sling located there and under the forend allowed a strap to be fitted for transport. The stock incorporated a patchbox with hinged brass cover plate on some production models though these embellishments were later left off when wartime pressures dictated production needs for the South. Iron sights were located at the action (via a raised tang) and over the muzzle in the usual way.

Dickson Nelson & Company Rifles were produced out of the Dickson Nelson & Company facility at Adairsville, then Macon and, finally, Dawson, Georgia. The company was founded by William Dickson and Owen O. Nelson in 1862 with production of their converted rifle spanning into 1865. The 2nd Mississippi Infantry became a prominent user of the Dickson Rifle during the American Civil War.
Supported Mission Types:
Frontline Issuance
Special Forces
Close Quarters Battle
Sniper
Designated Marksman/Sharpshooter
Suppressed/Silenced
Area Effect/Suppression
Indirect Fire
Airspace Denial
Anti-Material
Attachment Weapon
Aircraft-Mounted
Vehicle-Mounted
Antique/Collectors
Prototype/Development
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Origin: Confederate States
Year: 1862
Type: Percussion Smoothbore Rifle Musket
Manufacturer(s): Dickson Nelson & Company - CSA
Global Operators:
Confederate States of America
Structural - Internal Design, Dimensions, and Weights:

Operation
ACTION


System
Percussion; Single-Shot; Muzzle-Loading


Operation
CALIBER(S)


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
.58


Operation
FEED


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
Single-Shot


Length
OVERALL


Millimeters
1,050 mm


Inches
41.34 in


Length
BARREL


Millimeters
838 mm


Inches
32.99 in


Ranged
Sights


Arrangement
Rear Raised Tang; Front Iron

Operating Performance (Typical):

Performance
Rate-of-Fire


Rounds-per-Minute
1 rpm

Variants: Series Model Variants
• Dickson Nelson & Co Rifle - Base Series Designation