Original U.S. Civil War Springfield Model 1861 by Norwich Converted to Personalized "Revenge" Rifle

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Springfield Model 1861 was a Minié-type rifled musket shoulder-arm used by the United States Army and Marine Corps during the American Civil War. Commonly referred to as the "Springfield" (after its original place of production, Springfield, Massachusetts), it was the most widely used U.S. Army weapon during the Civil War, favored for its range, accuracy, and reliability.

The Springfield Rifle cost $20 each at the Springfield Armory, where they were officially made. Overwhelmed by the demand, the armory opened its weapons patterns up to twenty private contractors, including Norwich Arms Co. of Norwich Conn, which manufactured around 18,000 rifle-muskets under contract from 1863-64. 

This particular example has been personalized a lot, and was clearly owned by a guy who truly hated his enemy. It started life as a regular Springfield percussion rifle made in Norwich but has been personalized by someone with the initials G.W.. It also has had the barrel either altered or replaced, so it is now only about .48" in diameter, with a fairly rusty bore. There are two, what appear to silver plaques each engraved, one inlaid into the right side of the butt and the second in the right side of the fore stock. The butt plaque has a very decorative scrolled border surrounding the word "Avenger". The Fore Stock plaque, also decorated says:-

He Who Shoots First
Lives To Shoot Again
Revenge. G.W.

Most probably a son or Brother of a previous Civil War casualty. The Rifle has been in storage for a great period and appears varnished long ago which has somewhat protected the surface. The back sight is absent, the barrel is 34" and there is no front nose cap. The rear of the barrel has a somewhat exotic inlay of a Crown over entwined letters in reverse that looks like it is made from GOLD however will probably turn out to be brass.

We would love to know the back story on this particular Rifle. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1863-4
Caliber: Approx 12mm / .48"
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 34 Inches

Overall Length: 50 Inches
Action type: Side Action Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loaded

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