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M1861 Springfield Dated 1861

M1861 Springfield Dated 1861
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There are few muskets that the modern day collector can say with any degree of certainty actually saw real combat. Sure, most M1861 muskets were issued to combat units but many of the contractor models were issued to homeguards, or to rear echelon support units who never saw much fighting. Some of the later-built guns never were never even issued! This is not the case with Springfield-built M1861s. As the premier arsenal not only in the United States, but most of the world. Nearly 100% of Springfield-built M1861 muskets were issued to front line combat troops as these were some of the few muskets that were being produced to government standards when the war broke out and they were about the only muskets available that the War department could count on to be of any predictable quality; the first government contracts for M1861 muskets weren't given out to subcontractors until 1862/63 and government inspector's subsequently spent most of the war butting heads with contractors who made muskets out of spec. This has caused 1861-dated Springfield muskets to be highly sought after by collectors; as they are one of the few military muskets with a real "been there, done that" history.

This particular M1861 is all complete and correct. It features a good lock with faint but legible Springfield markings. The action of the lock is good with a solid half and full cock. 

The stock still retains a very faint remnant of the original "ESA" cartouche; the marking of Springfield's head inspector Erskin S. Allin. The stock is sound with no cracks or chips. 

The barrel is full length and both front and rear sights are original; although the 500yd sight leaf is broken. The bore is good with some light scattered pitting and strong rifling. 

The furniture is all original with the exception of the ramrod which is a replacement. 

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