Todd and I looked into doing a decent Model 1854 Austrian Rifle (Lorenz)...we even bought a good original
to copy. Interestingly, it did not have the middle and double strap top band as close together as usual.
Getting the parts made was prohibitively expensive and the final product would not have been less than an
original in shooting condition.
I know the M-1854 has a legion of fans, but frankly compared to the US 1861 and Enfield they are quite
crude in both design and finish. This is true of both the originals and the "third world" reproductions.
Craig L Barry
Editor, The Watchdog in Civil War News