U.S. Springfield percussion rifle Musket Model 1855 with bayonet NVSN. .58 caliber single shot muzzleloader, round barrel fastened by three barrel bands. Cleanout screw on bolster. Iron mountings with brass forend cap. All metal parts finished bright. Steel ramrod with tulip-shaped end and swelled shank. Front sight doubles as lug for angular bayonet, included. This is one of the earlier models with a long range rear sight with large leaf and was made without patchbox. Walnut fullstock.
Lockplate marked: "U.S. SPRINGFIELD" with date stamped at rear of lock behind hammer. Eagle motif on tape primer compartment lid. Barrel marking at breech: V/P eaglehead. "U.S." on tang of buttplate. Inspector initials on left side of stock opposite lock.
overall L56" barrel L40" (2pcs)

Other Notes: Made by the Springfield Armory, circa 1857-1861. Total production was 47,115.
This model proved to be one of the staple arms of the American Civil war, and was the first U.S. Martial Arm designed to fire the Minie bullet in .58 caliber.
Arsenal modified during the war to utilize the Maynard Tape Primer System which made loading and firing much faster.

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