Original U.S. Civil War Era Model 1842 Percussion Musket by Harpers Ferry Converted to Shotgun - dated 1852

Item Description

Original item: One Only. The US Model 1842 Musket was a .69 caliber musket manufactured and used in the United States during the 19th Century. It was a continuation of the Model 1816 line of muskets but is generally referred to by its own model number rather than just a variant of the Model 1816. All of these muskets were 58 inches long, with a barrel around 42 inches in length.

The Model 1842 was the last U.S. smoothbore musket produced. Many features that had been retrofitted into the Model 1840 were standard on the Model 1842. The Model 1842 was the first U.S. musket to be produced with a percussion lock, though most of the Model 1840 flintlocks ended up being converted to percussion locks before reaching the field. The percussion cap system was vastly superior to the flintlock, being much more reliable and much more resistant to weather.

Many of these were used during the Civil war, particularly on the Confederate side. After the war, many were then taken home, as they were well obsolete. This example was then shortened slightly, half-stocked, and converted to a 12 gauge shotgun.

It is marked very faintly with the usual "American Eagle" over US, and the lock plate tail is marked HARPERS / FERRY / 1852. Many of these muskets were produced under contract, however this example was made at Harpers Ferry Armory. The rifle side plate is thin and not bulged, as typical of the Model 1842 Musket. Previous iterations had had a more pronounced side plate with a bulge in the middle. The barrel nocks form does show the original proofs of V/ / P / "Eagle's Head" , though they are hard to see due to powder burn.

What remains of the stock is in good condition, though it is cracked clear through the wrist/lock area, which could be repaired, but we have left this example as is. It also looks like the forestock was about 6 inches longer for a time, but was then removed later. Definitely a lot of history.

Almost certainly this musket saw service in the U.S. Civil War, very likely for the Confederacy, and then helped put food on the table. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1845
Caliber: .75" - about 12 gauge
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 36 1/2 Inches

Overall Length: 52 Inches
Action type: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

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