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The Morgan-James Rifle, as seen on the menu screen of the game.

The Morgan-James Rifle is a Civil-War era sniper rifle, with high-power one-hit kills, and extremely long range due to the telescopic sight. Aside from its aesthetic differences and its telescopic sight, the rifle is essentially identical to the Springfield Musket in terms of damage and reload speed - both are muzzle-loading weapons. The Morgan-James has obviously practical applications, such as dispatching blue aura enemies, but the scarcity of ammunition and the significant reload time make it somewhat unwieldy.

The Morgan-James Rifle can be found dropped from fallen snipers, but it is usually found in a weapons cache or an obscure tent somewhere around the battlefield. In a straight fire-fight, this weapon is naturally superseded by faster-firing weapons such as the Henry Rifle, Colt Revolver, or even perhaps the Springfield Musket.


  • It is important to note that the game does not calculate bullet drop or shot dispersion, except for in automatic weapons. This means that wherever you point your gun, the shot will go. Given this, the Springfield has the exact same accuracy (minus the scope), can dispatch enemies just as easily, and has a bountiful supply of available ammunition.
  • Morgan James was a noted precision rifle maker, rifle scope maker and sharpshooter before the American Civil War whose rifles were used by prewar owners during the war. The large octagonal barrel with no handguard is a distinctive feature of these rifles. The real world rifles had longer barrels and scopes mounted off the left side, and used a so-called false muzzle to facilitate loading. This was put over the end of the barrel to provide a smooth entry to the barrel, and removed to give a sharp crown angle for added precision. 
  • The "Morgan-James Rifle" is a less-famous counterpart to the Whitworth Rifle, produced in premium by the British in the 1850's and 1860s. During the Civil War, it found its way into Confederate hands through arms shipments smuggled from England. 
  • Just like the real-world Whitworth Rifle, the barrel's hexagonal shape translates to its bore as well. It even fires hexagonal bullets that grip the hexagonal rifling. The weapon also sports the 4x Davidson telescopic sight (although the real-world version was mounted offset to the left rather than on top). It was notorious for "eye-bite", in which the scope rim hit the eye of the shooter during recoil.