Antique US REMINGTON/FRANKFORD Arsenal MAYNARD M1816/1856 MUSKET Conversion
Civil War Tape Primer Update to Flintlock Musket
Here we present an antique Remington/Frankford Arsenal Maynard Primer Conversion of a U.S. Model 1816 Rifled Musket, performed by Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1856. The Model 1816 Flintlock Musket was the largest production of U.S. flintlock muskets, with over 700,000 made between Springfield and Harpers Ferry Armories, and many thousands more made by 16 different contractors. By the late 1850s, many of these arms were being updated using various percussion systems, most receiving the typical cap fired conversions. However, other conversions were also being tested, and Remington was contracted to make 20,000 Maynard Tape Priming locks in 1856.
Instead of the small fulminate filled metal caps, Maynard Tape was a roll of paper that was impregnated in spots with fulminate. The primary advantage was that the soldier did not have to fumble with tiny caps, because a small wheel inside the lock dispensed primers from the paper roll. This was the system adopted for the Model 1855, and it made sense to update still serviceable flintlocks using this method. However, only about 20,000 of these conversions were done, and the U.S. government eventually chose to go with the cap system when they produced the Model 1861 and 1863 for service during the American Civil War. Most of these various conversions undoubtedly saw combat due to weapons shortages on both sides. This example received a long-range folding rear sight.
The overall condition is good. Robust action. Good, clear bore. The barrel has been slightly shortened, probably to remove a damaged muzzle. This example sports a solid stock with an expected amount of wear. Cartouche remnants can be found on the left wrist. “1857” dated barrel tang and lock. A small gap exists between the buttstock and the butt plate.
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Barrel is 39-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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