U. S. Model 1861 Contract Musket,
.58 caliber, 35" shortened barrel,
walnut, iron, 1863 dated lock marked Wm Mason, Taunton
Part Number: AAS-544
Availability: In Stock
Price: $499.00
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The U. S. Model 1861 Musket was the most popular musket of the Civil War. Stocked in walnut, trimmed in armory bright steel, with full length with three barrel bands, this specimen was made under contract for the U.S. military by William Mason in Taunten, Massachusetts. This was one of the major contractors and over 30,000 were supplied. This musket is dated 1863 on the tail of the lock plate. The barrel breech no longer has any visible markings and it has been trimmed from the muzzle. The walnut stock has also been trimmed and the muzzle cap moved back and the forward band removed.

The .58 caliber barrel has been trimmed to a 35" overall length. The barrel no longer has a front sight and the rear sight has been removed with the mounting dovetail exposed. Neither the producion date or the proof marks are visible on the breech end. The .58 caliber bore is rifle with three lands and grooves. The bore has clearly visible rifling with scattered dark pitting.

Stocked in black walnut the stock does not appear to have been sanded and the two inspection cartouche marks are still visible on the side panel. The stock has scattered handling marks with a few areas of raw wood visible beneath the lock panel. The buttplate has a dark patina. The buttplate comb is marked with a U.S. stamp. The stock is starting to develop a crack at the rear of the lock panel that is following a grain boundary. The toe of the stock has scattered handling marks. Forward, the iron triggerguard has developed a silvery gray patina finish. The barrel is secured with two barrel bands secured with forward mounted band springs. The end of the stock has been reshaped to accept the muzzle cap. The ramrod channel has been widened to accept the swell on the ramrod to secure it in place. The side panel mounts the two sideplate escutcheons. The two inspection cartouche marks are light, but visible.

The distinctive hammer is a feature of the 1861 Springfield. It fires top-hat musket caps on the 5/16-24 threaded antique nipple. The lock plate is marked 1863, and U. S. over Wm Mason over Taunton. The lock plate has a dark brown patina. The lock still works well with crisp clicks into half and full-cock. The half cock notch is just above the nipple. Trigger release is modest for an original antique military rifled musket.

Shortened from a full length musket. The lock, barrel, and iron furniture have a dark patina. The walnut stock has scattered handling marks and has started to develop a crack at the rear of the lock mortise. Order it for a ten day visual inspection. You will be delighted. Else if it does not fit you, return it in unfired condition for same-day refund. Postage is your only risk, when you order any one-of-a-kind gun from Track, whether new, used, or antique.

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