Civil War M1842 Springfield Rifled Musket, 1853
The last of the US Gov't .69 cal. Military muskets & the first to have interchangeable parts with other 42 muskets. These guns were used before & during the American Civil War. At Springfield & Harpers Ferry arsenals they made around 172,000 of these muskets The total of the rifled M1842 muskets were around 14,000. This musket is one of the 14,000 they rifled & has the long range rear sight & front sight. This musket definitely saw the elephant & shows regular in the war use. Musket has rifled .69 cal. bore which was shot out probably during the war. Barrel has the long range rear sight which were only on the rifled guns. Barrel has the VP & eagle head intact & date of 1853 on tang. On the bottom of barrel are other military marks. The tang has a use split but is still solid. The lock plate is smooth with clear American Eagle & US under. Behind the hammer is Spring Field in two lines & 1853. The action is excellent on this CW Rifled musket. The wood stock is in good used condition with normal use dings & gouges & has small crack under the back of the lock plate. There is two outlines of the inspectors cartouches on left side of stock. All barrel bands intact & has the US marked butt plate. The metal parts throughout the musket except for the lock plate has salt & pepper light rusting. The musket has the right & original ramrod for the rifled 1842 musket. These 1842 muskets were used by both North & South during the CW. This is a great example of a Civil War used & scarce Rifled M1842 Springfield musket.