R&JD JOHNSON Contract M1816 TYPE III c.1830 Musket
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Category: Civil War Rifles - Antique Rifles - Percussion
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R&JD JOHNSON Contract M1816 TYPE III c1830 Musket
CIVIL WAR Conversion to Percussion
Here we present an antique US Model 1816 Musket, manufactured by R. & J.D. Johnson in Middletown, Connecticut in 1830. This musket was originally manufactured with a flintlock and was converted to percussion in the period leading up to or during the American Civil War. This large, smooth bore musket was still getting the job done 30 years after its manufacture.
The Model 1816 US Flintlock Musket was made at both the Springfield Armory (325,000) and the Harper’s Ferry Armory (350,000). Additionally, more than a dozen contractors also made the Model 1816 Muskets during its production years, with R. & J.D. Johnson being one of them. Though these contractors added 146,000 muskets, Johnson was only responsible for 600 of them after the U.S. government signed a contract with them in 1828 and 1829. There were three different styles of the M1816 that were developed. Though information shows that Johnson produced Type III rifles, this one is dated 1830, which leads me to believe that this was one of the first produced. With only 600 total produced, this is a very rare contract U.S. martial musket!
The lock is marked “U.S./JOHNSON”. Behind the hammer it is marked “1830/MIDD/CONN”. The top of the barrel is also dated “1830”. Government inspector cartouches are visible on the left side of the stock, opposite the lock and on the top of the comp of the butt. They are “LS” for Luther Sage and “LG” for Lewis Ghriskey. “V” view marks are also located on the stock and barrel.
The overall condition is very good. The metal surfaces have a smooth, dark patina. The markings are clear and legible. The bore is smooth and dark. The stock is in great shape, smooth, solid, and still displaying the original cartouches. The action on this musket is excellent, strong and crisp.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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