Early, Scarce SPRINGFIELD 1795 FLINTLOCK Musket
.69 Caliber Smoothbore Flintlock Musket
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1816 Flintlock Musket, manufactured circa 1816 at the Springfield Armory. 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. A trained shooter could fire between two and three rounds at a range of up to 200 yards per minute. Carrying this bulky 58-inch long, 10-pound gun was not easy task when carried over a long time period. The M1816 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, which is not the case with this smoothbore. 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 example features a lock from the earlier Model 1795 and has been reconverted. The lock is marked simply “US/Federal Eagle/SPRINGFIELD” with no date. This indicates it is one of the scarce examples made around 1804 when American musket locks began to be consistently dated. The left side of the barrel bears a “P” inside a circle, a “V” and an Eagle’s head. Barrel tang bears a partial date “18__”.
The overall condition is very good. The metal surfaces are covered in a smooth, dark brown patina. The markings are clear and legible. The bore is dark and dusty. The stock is in very good condition. The action on this musket is excellent.
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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