Confederate Altered Model 1861 Springfield Rifle-Musket - Inventory Number: RIF 166 / SOLD
The .58 caliber Model 1861 Rifle-Musket was the classic infantry arm of the Civil War and set the standard against which all other muzzle-loading arms of the period were measured. It was essentially a simplified version of the Model 1855, eliminating the Maynard tape priming system and patch box to simplify production. Springfield Armory produced 265,000 Model 1861s, with 20 other contractors bringing the total number manufactured to over 700,000.
This Model 1861 was produced at Springfield Armory in 1862. The barrel has been shortened and new front sight added, likely a Confederate arsenal alteration of a damaged musket. The total length of the rifle is 48 ½”. All metal surfaces have developed an even, plum brown patina. The bore is dark with clear, sharp rifling. The stock is untouched, unsanded, and dark with dings and dents from service and the initials “W.H.H.H” carved into the comb. The ramrod is original and shortened to matching length. The barrel date is faint , but the “VP” and eagle proof marks are readily apparent, as is a “N.J” New Jersey surcharge. The lock plate is dated 1862 and marked “U.S. SPRINGFIELD. The action is tight and holds on all positions. The barrel retains the original rear sight, complete with both leaves. This is a great “in the black” Confederate altered Springfield that shows honest, extensive use in the field.