WEST POINT Cadet SPRINGFIELD M1851 Rifle Antique
RARE; 1 of 341 Known Rifled with Rifle Sight
Here we present an antique Springfield Armory US Model 1851 Cadet Rifle-Musket, manufactured in 1853 in Springfield, Massachusetts. This is a rare variant associated with West Point Military Academy. Only 341 rifles were produced of a total of 4,000 muskets altogether. The remainder were, of course, smooth bored. with a total of around 4000 being produced. The smoothbores were made in .57 caliber with a 40-inch round barrel. These cadet muskets were made by Springfield Armory for issue to various state military academies in the early 1850s. By the late 1850s (circa 1857) 341 of these were taken out of arsenal stock, their bores rifled, a longer range and adjustable rear sight added, and sent to West Point—the most developed and well-recognized of all the academies, founded in 1802 by President Thomas Jefferson. The addition of rifling and sights were designed to match the newer technology of the rifle-muskets that were being issued at the time. Since this cadet rifle was brought in in about 1857, it might have been shot by many of the officers who would become famous during the horrific war to come, the American Civil War. For instance, young George Armstrong Custer would graduate in the class of 1861.
This rifle features metal surfaces that were finished bright. The lock has the winged eagle over US forward of the hammer and “SPRINGFIELD 1853” behind the hammer. The butt plate is marked “US” along with the marking “D/74”. The left side of the barrel is marked “V”, “P” with an eagle head. The original nipple and ramrod are present, as are both sling swivels. The top rear barrel band is stamped “127”.
The overall condition is fine. The bore is in fantastic condition with sharp rifling. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 40 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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