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Authentic 1859 Dated U.S. Model 1855 Springfield Percussion Rifle Musket
Item #: A2312
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Here is a gun that you very seldom see offered these days! It is an original U.S. model 1855 percussion rifle musket. This one was made in 1859 and is deeply marked as such on the lockplate behind the hammer. The front of the lockplate has the remnants of the stamping from the famous U.S. Springfield Arsenal. You can tell this model 1855 guns from a mile away because of the door that it on the side of the lockplate. This door opens up to reveal the Maynard tape primer system inside. Inventors were trying to figure a way not to have to use the percussion caps that were so widely utilized during his time period. One of the ways they tried was this Maynard system. Instead of the metal percussion capo they used a roll of paper that had the charges spaced apart on roll, sort of like modern children's cap gun rolls. They had a spring that would feed the roll up underneath the nipple when the gun was cocked back. This worked well unless you were in back weather, or the rolls had been wet at one time, or the feeder spring on the inside broke, or one of dozens of other reasons. This is why this design was discontinued with the model 1861 rifle that came next. This one has fully functional mechanics inside the lockplate. The door opens as it should. The barrel is full-length with the front and rear sights intact and the rear sight is the long range version. At the breech of the gun you can no longer see the production date or inspector stamps. The inside of the barrel you can still see the original rifling going all the way down. The stock has a very pleasing look all over with a dark color to the walnut wood. On the flat of the stock opposite of the lockplate you can see a set of initials nicely carved into the wood. It has both of the original sling swivels intact on the underside of the gun. In the channel underneath the barrel it has the replacement ramrod. The nose cap is the version that is made of brass. This is a cool looking gun from all angles!


Shipping Weight: 30 lbs
$1,850.00 USD

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