CIVIL WAR Era Antique U.S. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY Style M1855 .58 Rifle-MUSKET
EIGHT GROOVE Rifled Barrel with ORDNANCE PROOFS
Here we present an antique Springfield Armory Style U.S. Model 1855 Rifle-Musket, manufactured in 1859 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Model 1855 was the first U.S. musket to utilize the .58 caliber Minie ball. The U.S. 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.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in very good shape for its age. Solid stock overall, containing an average amount of wear, dents, and dings. Markings are legible. “1859” dated lock.
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Barrel is 40 inches.
Caliber: .58 Percussion (measures closer to .60 at the muzzle)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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