This interesting musket is a bit of hybrid that was neatly assembled for Cadet-use after the war. It is a conglomeration of M1861 and M1863 Springfield parts, and is in very nice condition.
The lock was made by Springfield and features great markings. The hammer holds solid on both full and half cock and the action of the lock is nice and smooth.
The lock, as well as the rest of the metal parts all feature a beautiful nickel-plated finish that was likely applied for parade use. is in excellent condition with crisp legible stamps. As mentioned above, this rifle was assembled shortly after the war for use at a military academy; like the famous West Point. As a Cadet gun, the dimensions of this piece have been scaled down. The original 39" barrel has been shortened to 37" and the front sight was remounted. The nose cap and front barrel bands were also re-located proportionate to the short barrel. The finished musket looks just like a standard rifle musket but is shorter and subsequently handier for younger (and smaller) Cadets.
All of the modifications to the gun were professionally done and were not the result of "Bubba" in a garage work shop. The mortises are all machine cut and there is a crisp inspector's cartouche on the left counterpane - clearly this is the work of an arsenal.
The stock is in great condtion. There are no chips or rotten spots anywhere. The lock panels are wonderfully crisp-indicating that this stock was never sanded or refinished.
The furniture is all original and in excellent condition. The original nipple is intact. The ramrod is original and full length with some light flaking of the plated finish around the tulip head.
The barrel features an excellent set of original front and rear sights and the bore is very nice - mostly shiny with sharp rifling and no rust or pitting.
This unusual rifle would be a great addition to anyone's US musket collection.