Model 1861 Springfield Rifle-Musket - Inventory Number: RIF 161 / 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. All metal surfaces have developed a dark, plum brown patina with areas of dark gray, particularly on the lock and hammer. The bore is bright with very sharp rifling. The stock is unsanded with the typical dings and dents from actual field service and has two visible cartouches opposite the lock. The ramrod is original and complete with shallow threading at the tail end. The barrel is dated 1862 with “VP” and eagle proof marks and an original nipple in good condition. The lock plate is dated 1862 and marked “U.S. SPRINGFIELD. The action is tight and crisp and holds on all positions. The barrel retains the original rear sight, complete with both leaves. The rifle includes a Model 1855/63 bayonet with a matching patina, “US” marking, and complete with locking ring, housed in an original eight rivet U.S. scabbard in good, strong condition. A nice, uncleaned example of a Model 1861 Springfield that shows honest use.