Antique U.S. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY Model 1816 MUSKET
Civil War Percussion Conversion Dated “1834”
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1816 Percussion Conversion Musket, made in Springfield, Massachusetts circa 1834.
The War of 1812 revealed many weaknesses in American muskets. In an attempt to improve both the design and manufacture of the musket, the Model 1812 musket was created. The Model 1816 made further improvements, and replaced the Model 1812. The M1816 was a smoothbore, muzzle loading weapon which used a .69 caliber musket ball. A trained shooter could fire between two and three rounds at a range of up to 200 yards per minute. The M1816 was in production at Springfield (325,000) and Harpers Ferry (350,000) between 1816 to 1844 with around 675,000 muskets produced during this run. It saw service during the Mexican-American War and was even pressed into service during the Civil War, due to the shortage of guns. In the 1850’s, many 1816’s went through the conversion from flintlock to percussion, as is the case with this smoothbore. These were some of the most abundant weapons available to both sides, being in the hands of state militias, in the first days of the American Civil War. This musket is symbolic for the westward expansion of the country throughout the first half of the 19th century. The 1816 Springfield saw service in the Texan Revolution including the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. After the independence of Texas, the 1816 musket was chosen as the first standard musket of the Texan army in 1839.
The lock is marked “US/SPRINGFIELD/1834”. Two government inspector cartouches remain on the left side of the stock, opposite the lock: “EB” and “AH”. The tang is dated “1836”. View and proof marks are located on the left side of the barrel: “V”, “P”, and Eagle Head.
The overall condition is very good. The metal surfaces are dark with age. The markings are clear and legible. The bore is smooth and bright. The stock is in great shape, smooth and solid. The action on this musket is excellent, strong and crisp. Here is a fantastic musket with lots of history to include the Mexican-American War and American Civil War!
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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