SPRINGFIELD Model 1816 MUSKET Original Flintlock to Percussion Converted in 1852
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Category: Civil War Rifles - Springfield Rifles - Antique
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SPRINGFIELD Model 1816 MUSKET
Original Flintlock to Percussion Converted in 1852
Here we present an antique Springfield US Model 1816 Percussion Musket, manufactured in Springfield, Massachusetts circa 1821. The M1816 was in production at Springfield (325,000) and Harpers Ferry (350,000) between 1816 to 1844 with around 675,000 muskets produced during this run. Additionally, more than a dozen contractors also made Model 1816 Muskets during its production years, adding more than 146,000 muskets for a grand total of 821,421 M1816 Muskets produced. It saw service during the Mexican-American War and was even pressed into service during the Civil War in both the updated percussion and the old flintlock format.
The advent of the Model 1842 Musket made the M1816 obsolete, but not unserviceable. Eventually, most made their way to storehouses and armories. Beginning in 1848, when more than 700,000 of all types of flintlock muskets where reported in storage, the most serviceable where converted to percussion ignition. Three types of alteration were performed. All alterations involved grinding the flash pan down and replacing the hammer. The "French Style" conversion added a drum and nipple to the flashhole. The "Belgian Style" involved plugging the vent hole with a weld and tapping a nipple directly into the barrel. This is the type of conversion that was only done at Harper's Ferry and Springfield and is sometimes referred to as an "armory conversion." This conversion was accomplished by cutting out the old breech end of the barrel and adding a section that was made with a percussion nipple bolster. You can see the seam that joins the old barrel with this new section in the photos. This one also got a multi-leaf rear sight for more precise aiming.
The overall condition is very good. The bore is smooth and dark and in good condition. The action remains as strong as ever!
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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