An upgraded version of Springfield’s Model 1855 without the Maynard tape priming system, the .58-caliber Springfield 1861 rifled musket set the standards for performance, reliability and accuracy that similar firearms had to meet. Demand for the gun was so high that it overwhelmed Springfield Armory’s production capabilities and the company had to contract work out to at least 20 other manufacturers. More than 700,000 were made between 1861 and 1865, and production continued until 1872 with the total number manufactured estimated at 1,000,000. The gun fired the deadly .58-caliber Minie ball projectile. But the power of the 1861 Springfield rifle musket, combined with the performance and aerodynamic shape of the Minie ball, enabled skilled marksmen to engage targets out to 1,000 yds. Union troops that trained with the gun had a goal of being able to consistently hit targets inside 500 yds. and fire three shots per minute. By late 1863, most of the North’s regular army units were supplied, at least in part, with the firearm. Obtaining arms was a challenge for the South throughout the war, and 1861 Springfields captured in battle were quickly pressed into service by the Confederacy. The 1861 Springfield rifle musket was extremely popular with troops. It was durable, easy to maintain and stood up to harsh battle conditions well.
Pedersoli’s fully functional replica of the 1861 Springfield rifled musket has features that are true to the original design. One piece American walnut fullstock. Has a satin finish. 52 ½” length. Barrel is .58 caliber – armory bright – 40” tapered round. 1 in 72” twist. Front sight is one piece steel base & blade. Rear sight is steel w/2 flip ups. Features steel furniture – armory bright. Lockplate is engraved “US” over “Springfield” with eagle and “1861” on tail. Barrel is marked “1861” “VP” and eagle head. Barrel bands marked w/”U”. Buttplate is marked “US”. 56 inches overall and weighs 10 pounds. Recommended load is 60 gr FFg black powder, .570 round ball with .015 patch or a .575 minie. Manufactured in Italy/ Pedersoli. N/SSA APPROVED.
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- Due to state law in New Jersey, we are unable to ship firearms there.
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- Before firing any of the listed firearms, we recommend a thorough cleaning of the rifle or revolver.
- We recommend that any live firing should be done with an experienced shooter present.
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