NEW JERSEY Contract US Remington Model 1816/58 MAYNARD Conversion Musket
FRANKFORD ARSENAL Updated Musket for Civil War
Here we present an antique Remington-Frankford Arsenal Maynard Primer Conversion of a U.S. Model 1816 Musket, performed by Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1858. The Model 1816 Flintlock Musket was the largest production of U.S. flintlock muskets, with over 700,000 made between Springfield and Harpers Ferry Armories, and many thousands more made by 16 different contractors. By the late 1850s, many of these arms were being updated using various percussion systems, most receiving the typical cap fired conversions. However, other conversions were also being tested, and Remington was contracted to make 20,000 Maynard Tape Priming locks in 1856. Instead of the small fulminate filled metal caps, Maynard Tape was a roll of paper that was impregnated in spots with fulminate. The primary advantage was that the soldier did not have to fumble with tiny caps, because a small wheel inside the lock dispensed primers from the paper roll. This was the system adopted for the Model 1855, and it made sense to update still serviceable flintlocks using this method. However, only about 20,000 of these conversions were done, and the U.S. government eventually chose to go with the cap system when they produced the Model 1861 and 1863 for service during the American Civil War. Most of these various conversions undoubtedly saw combat due to weapons shortages on both sides.
This musket puts you there and helps you understand a little better how the Civil War was fought. Many soldiers fought with decades old muskets that were converted from flintlock. Still, they were single shot weapons and when the fighting got close you parried sword blows with your musket and used it as a club. Prior to the Civil War, however, this musket was first updated by Frankford Arsenal, where it received a new percussion lock made by Remington, complete with a mechanism to feed primers from a tape with each hammer cock, as well as a new long-range folding-leaf rear sight. The lock is marked “REMINGTON’S/ILION N.Y./1858/U.S.”
The overall condition is good. The action is strong. The Maynard tape primer door shuts but does pop open when the hammer is cocked. The bore is in good shape. This example is dated “1858” and has a solid stock. There is an “LS” cartouche visible on the left stock flat along with a “V”. The barrel is marked “NJ” on the left part of the breach of the barrel just above where the barrel meets the stock. On the butt plate “US” and “97” are stamped. This was a flintlock musket updated with some of the latest and greatest technology just prior to the Civil War!
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Barrel is 42 inches in length.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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