c1864 mfr. PROVIDENCE TOOL 1861 RIFLE-MUSKET CIVIL WAR Rhode Island Antique
1864 Dated UNION MILITARY Infantry Longarm
Here we present an antique U.S. Model 1861 Rifle-Musket, made by contract by Providence Tool Company of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1864. The M1861 is representative of the “everyman’s” rifle during the American Civil War. About 1.5 million rifle-muskets were made in the U.S., over 800,000 of which were made by the Springfield Armory, while the others were made by over 20 different private contractors, providing ample collecting opportunity amongst all the variants. Only about 70,000 were made by Providence Tool Company.
This was the last hurrah of the rifle-musket as arms development and tactics rapidly advanced during the short period of the American Civil War. Nevertheless, the 1861 represented new technology as it was made for use with the Minié ball, a hollow based, conical projectile that was small enough to quickly push down the muzzle of a rifled barrel and expanded to create a good gas seal unlike a solid, round ball. Almost immediately after the war, the U.S. military switched from the old muzzle loading type weapons to the newer breech loading rifles, bringing an end to the musket as a standard frontline firearm in American history.
The overall condition is fair. Original patina. The action has no mainspring tension but tumbler and sear/trigger is functional. The barrel has been smoothbored to .60 caliber. The stock shows use and remains solid. A good Civil War musket for display!
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Barrel is 40 inches.
Caliber: .60 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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