CIVIL WAR Antique US SPRINGFIELD ARMORY Model 1855 .58 Caliber Rifle-MUSKET
Maynard Tape Primed Musket!
Here we present an antique Springfield Armory US Model 1855 Rifle-Musket, manufactured in 1858 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Model 1855 was the first US musket to utilize the .58 caliber Minie ball. The US military was piloting a concept for all U.S. Army troops to have a common caliber, so that logistics would be simplified. The chosen caliber was .58, and it utilized the cutting-edge cone-shaped Minié ball with the hollow base instead of a spherical ball.
Also, relatively new and short-lived was the Maynard tape priming system, to which Springfield had purchased the rights. Instead of directly priming the nipple by hand for each shot, the user would simply install a roll of paper percussion caps, and a single cap would be exposed, sheared and carried by the hammer to detonate on the nipple. Of course, the standard rifle percussion caps could also be used. This system was simply abandoned with the beginning of the American Civil War as arms production was driven by effectiveness and efficiency, resulting in the simplified Model 1861.
This musket has been shortened. The action functions. The bore is dim with good rifling. “1858” dated lock. Both front and rear sights are missing along with the tape primer door. “US” is marked on the butt plate tang.
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Barrel is 33 inches.
Caliber: .58 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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