CIVIL WAR Antique U.S. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY Model 1863 “EVERYMAN’S” Rifle
Primary Infantry Weapon of the Union with BAYONET!
Here we present an antique Springfield Armory Model 1863 Civil War Rifle-Musket, made circa 1863 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The M1861/63 was the primary musket at the start of the American Civil War. The musket was designed to fire the .58 caliber minie ball. The M1861/63 is representative of the “everyman’s” rifle during the war. About 1.5 million rifle-muskets were made in the U.S., over 800,000 of which were made by the Springfield Armory. 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 1861/63 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 US 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 butt plate tang reads “US”. “1863” and “US/SPRINGFIELD” are marked on the lock. There is an “ESA” inspector cartouche on the left stock flat—the initials for Erskine S. Allin. The left side of the fore stock shows about 3 good cuts from a sword. The bayonet is “US” marked.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong. The bore is dim with strong rifling. The stock is solid all around. This is a Union Civil War rifle-musket that remains solid despite its age and use. It is a fantastic piece of Americana!
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Barrel is 40 inches.
Caliber: .58 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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