If your collection only has room for one rifle-musket, it would be hard to do better than this one. The M1861 is the quintessential Civil War musket, and models made by the famous Springfield Armory are among the highest sought after specimens on the today's collector market. This particular musket is in very good condition and would make for a great investment.
The condition of this musket is excellent. All the major components have Springfield inspector's stamps as outlined by Claude Fuller's book The Rifle Musket; meaning this musket is all original and not assembled from parts. The lock is in great shape with no major rust or pitting and great, sharp markings. The hammer holds solid on both full and half cock with a wonderfully crisp action.
The stock is simply beautiful. The edges are nice and crisp and there are nor cracks or splits anywhere. The original Erskine S. Allin and Henry J. Hill inspector's cartouches are still very legible.
The barrel is full length with minimal rust and pitting. The VP and eagle stamps are legible as is the "1862" date on the breech. The bore is good with sharp rifling.
All the furniture is original and matching.
This fine musket is sure to be the pride and joy of anyone's collection. No collection is complete without a Springfield!