Antique US SPRINGFIELD ARMORY Model 1816 Percussion CONE Conversion Musket
Converted Flintlock to Percussion US Military Weapon
Here we present an antique Springfield U.S. Model 1816 Conversion Musket, manufactured at the armory at Springfield, Massachusetts, circa 1838. This musket would have started out life as a smoothbore flintlock and likely converted around the start of the American Civil War. 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. Harpers Ferry became America’s second national armory after the site was personally selected by George Washington, with the Springfield Armory being the first. The U.S. Congress authorized the building of the new foundry in 1794, and by the following year, was producing hundreds of arms for the national army, which was primarily flintlock muskets and pistols. Inspired largely by the French Charleville Model 1777 musket, Harpers Ferry began producing the Model 1816. 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.
This musket was converted to percussion using the Belgian Style Alteration method, more commonly known as the “Cone Type” conversion. All external lock parts were removed with the screw hole plugged, the pan ground flush with lock plate (leaving the remnants intact) and the small existing cavity in the pan filled with brass to give it a level or squared off profile along the top. The vent hole of the barrel was plugged with a nipple screwed into the threaded receptacle at the top of the barrel, set off center towards the lock side. Then, adding the distinctive arsenal military hammer.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape. This example has a small, stable crack just behind the lock. Cartouche remnants remain on the left stock flat. “1828” dated lock. Markings are legible.
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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