GDG- 1841 Springfield rifle????

Tom Ryan pennmardel at
Mon Jan 30 11:48:37 CST 2012


Where were the US Model 1840's manufactured?  Would they have come from
either the Springfield or Harper's Ferry armories, or possibly from


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Subject: Re: GDG- 1841 Springfield rifle????

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
<<  Further on this rifle. The owner says it is a converted flint lock to
and ball and is a 1841 Springfield. If I understand correctly, it was
converted at the Harper's Ferry armory.

If that makes sense, what would this weapon actually be called, and was it
commonly used during the CW?  >>

Yes, that makes sense.   In fact, it's exactly what I suspected he'd end up
The musket is a US Model 1840.  They're actually somewhat uncommon, because
they were only made for a few years, at the tail end of the flintlock
period.  The 1840 was basically an update of the previous Model 1816 Musket,
with among other things a slightly thicker barrel, in anticipation of their
being rifled at some point in the future.  As indeed some were.  The design
also formed the basis for the Model 1842 musket, which was basically an 1840
made as an original production percussion musket.  Most 1840 muskets were
not only converted to percussion cap ignition, but, were probably never even
issued as flintlocks, going right from production, to storage, to
These converted flintlocks were widely used during the CW, particularly
during the first couple of years.

Jim Cameron

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