GDG- 1841 Springfield rifle????

keith mackenzie bluzdad at
Mon Jan 30 13:49:35 CST 2012

Harpers Ferry was a "Model Facility", which means they made the "first item" (or model), in this case, guns. Just to make sure that the design would work, and to develop the standards, tooling and checking fixtures for the production shop, which would then reproduce the "first item" by the thousands.
At least, that's how it works today.

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From: Andy Mills <amills at>
To: GDG <gettysburg at> 
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- 1841 Springfield rifle????

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:

Could you explain this in more detail?  

Harper's Ferry didn't make "production" pieces?  So a gun wasn't able to shoot a projectile from the ones at Harpers Ferry?  

What is meant by "model" pieces?  Did they have to be shipped to another location then for completion (which I assume is then Springfield)?


-----Original Message-----

Harpers Ferry only made the pattern or "model" pieces.  It didn't make any production pieces.  Manufacture was at Springfield, with some limited contract production by D. Nippes, and L. Pomeroy. 

Jim Cameron

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