This is one of possibly the most famous and sought-after longarms used during the Civil War. Hiram Berdan, for who the rifle is named, used his recognition and influence to persuade the Federal government to allow him to establish a regiment of Sharpshooters and specialized marksmen to act as "shock troops" similar to today's "special forces" such as the "Green Berets" and "Navy Seals". In June of 1861 the government agreed to Berdan’s request and the call went out for recruits, picking only those men that were of maximum soldierly qualities and especially expert marksmen. The rest is history, as the Berdan Sharpshooters went on to everlasting fame for their successful use of these fine rifles at Gettysburg and elsewhere. The double-set hair triggers, ease of loading and sturdy construction of these famed sniper rifles were instrumental in helping turn the tide of several battles while in the hands of the famed Regiments that were lucky enough to be equipped with them. This example is in fine condition for its extended use and shows all proper sub-inspector marks and cartouche. It is a super piece of Civil War history and a "MUST" for any serious Civil War collector that aspires to own the most historic and popular Civil War Arms. I have had this model in similar condition sell for 12 - 14k. We got this in trade towards our fine Hawken Rifle that sold last month, so the price is more reasonable than normal.