Original U.S. Civil War Era Springfield Model 1842 Percussion Musket dated 1850
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.
This example is marked with the usual "American Eagle" over US, and the lock plate tail is marked SPRING / FIELD / 1850. Many of these muskets were produced under contract, however this example was made at Springfield Armory itself. 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 Knoxform is proof marked V / P/ Eagle.
All iron mounts this .69 caliber rifle is in very nice condition, with the original ramrod present, and both sling swivels. Certainly used in the U.S. Civil War, this is a truly lovely example.
Fully cleaned and ready to Display!
Year of Manufacture: 1850
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 42 Inches
Overall Length: 58 Inches
Action type: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading
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