Early Antique US SPRINGFIELD ARMORY Model 1816 .69 Caliber FLINTLOCK Musket
With “1817” Dated Lock & Barrel
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1816 Flintlock Musket, manufactured circa 1817 at the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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. The M1816 was a smoothbore, muzzle loading weapon which used a .69 caliber musket ball. It was in production at Springfield (325,000) and Harpers Ferry (350,000) between 1816 to 1844 with around 675,000 muskets produced during this run.
It saw service during the Mexican-American War and was even pressed into service during the Civil War, due to the shortage of guns. In the 1850’s, many 1816’s went through the conversion from flintlock to percussion. These were some of the most abundant weapons available to both sides, being in the hands of state militias, in the first days of the American Civil War. This musket is symbolic for the westward expansion of the country throughout the first half of the 19th century. The 1816 Springfield saw service in the Texan Revolution including the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. After the independence of Texas, the 1816 musket was chosen as the first standard musket of the Texan army in 1839.
This is quite an early example. The overall condition is very good. Nice patina. Strong action. Good, smooth bore. “1817” dated on the lock and barrel. The stock is solid all around with faint remnants of a cartouche on the left wrist. Matching patina throughout.
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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