CIVIL WAR Antique US SPRINGFIELD 1855 Rifle-MUSKET
Maynard Tape Primed Musket Dated “1859”
Here we present an antique Springfield Armory US Model 1855 Rifle-Musket, manufactured in 1859 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Model 1855 was the first US musket to utilize the .58 caliber Minie ball. The US military was piloting a concept for all U.S. Army troops to have a common caliber, so that logistics would be simplified. The chosen caliber was .58, and it utilized the cutting-edge cone-shaped Minié ball with the hollow base instead of a spherical ball. Also, relatively new and short-lived was the Maynard tape priming system, to which Springfield had purchased the rights. Instead of directly priming the nipple by hand for each shot, the user would simply install a roll of paper percussion caps, and a single cap would be exposed, sheared and carried by the hammer to detonate on the nipple. Of course, the standard rifle percussion caps could also be used. This system was simply abandoned with the beginning of the American Civil War as arms production was driven by effectiveness and efficiency, resulting in the simplified Model 1861.
This rifle features iron furniture, with a brass fore end cap. The lock is marked “U.S./SPRINGFIELD/1859” with a federal eagle on the Maynard system’s door. The butt plate is marked “US”. The left side of the barrel is marked “V”, “P” with an eagle head.
The overall condition is good. The iron parts are very dark with age. The butt plate is a bit more weathered, likely due to sitting on end in a corner for a period of time. The walnut stock shows use and a repair on the left side of the wrist. The bore is rough and dusty. The action is strong.
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Barrel is 40 inches.
Caliber: .58 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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