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Model 1842 Percussion Musket (rifled)


1842 Springfield (reproduction)
1842 Springfield (reproduction)

Common name:   1842 Springfield (rifled)

Description:   About 250,000 Model 1842 Springfield single-shot muzzleloading smoothbores were made before 1856, at which time the US Army began rifling some of them. About 14,000 were converted by 1859. The .69 caliber rifle was found to be less accurate than the new .58 caliber rifles, however, and further rifling was halted.

Employment at Sharpsburg:   At least 1 Federal regiment, the 81st Pennsylvania, used this weapon.

Ammunition Used:   .69 ball/conical

Manufacturer:   US Arsenals    Where made:   Springfield (MA), Harpers Ferry (VA)    Model:   1842    Year(s) made:   1856-1859

Maximum Range:   500 yards     Effective Range:   300 yards     Length Overall:   58 inches     Barrel/Tube Length:   42 inches     Source Information:   Specifications from the Springfield Armory NHS.

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