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Model 1842 Percussion Musket (rifled)
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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