Hello everyone and thanks for welcoming me to the board. I'm a history buff, fascinated with archaeology (mainly Native American), and I'm always looking for new adventures. Occasionally I stumble across some unique items... in fact, I stumbled across a unique item yesterday, ha. So, heres my story... Visited an old friend. We sat and talked in his office. As we're were rambling and catching up, I notice an old rifle / musket propped in the corner. He allows me to investigate and shares the story of this unique item. So, heres his story... As a kid in the 80's, my friend and his buddy found this musket in a large hole/pit while playing in the woods. He remembers the ordeal with great detail. The 2 boys took the musket home to parents and it hung over the mantle at his friends house for many years. At some point, the barrel and more were removed from the musket. These boys lived in an area that saw significant skirmishes during the Civil War. I've been on numerous relic hunts in and around his home town. I'm hoping someone can shed a little light on this musket. I have a few pics to share and I plan to take more soon. The ramrod pipes seem to be the most distinguishing pieces that still remain. Thanks so much for any help and I'll continue to update everyone as my research continues.