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Confederate States Richmond Musket
Common name: Richmond Musket
Description: When they captured the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry in April 1861, the Confederates moved the musket manufacturing machinery, tools, and parts to facilities in Richmond, Virginia and began to produce their own version of the US Model 1861 "Springfield" Rifle-Musket. Initially under the direction of the State of Virginia, the facility was later turned over to the Confederate States government. This muzzle-loader was produced in larger numbers than any other Confederate rifle.
Employment at Sharpsburg: This was a common weapon in Confederate service in 1862 and later.
Ammunition Used: .58 caliber bullet (minie ball)
Manufacturer: Richmond Armory Where made: Richmond, Va Model: 1861 Year(s) made: 1861-1865
Maximum Range: 500 yards Effective Range: 300 yards
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