The Model 1855 was the first rifle musket to be produced in the United States. It was manufactured at both the Springfield and Harpers Ferry Armories. It was also the first rifle to use the .58 caliber mini ball which revolutionized warfare by allowing ease of loading yet attaining deadly accuracy. The lock of the Model 1855 contained the Maynard tape primer system. This system eliminated the need of a percussion cap (although normal percussion caps were fully compatible with the Maynard system) by using a roll of caps to ignite the gunpowder. The caps were remarkably similar to a modern day roll caps for toy cap pistols. These weapons were primarily in the hands of the U.S. Regular army so very few state volunteers managed to get their hands on them. Only about 7,0000 of these weapons were made and they were soon replaced by the Model 1861 Springfield. The model features a full one piece walnut hand oil finished stock. The lock features a non-functioning, Maynard Tape Primer, lid engraved with and American eagle. The lid will open and close.
Fullstock, European walnut with satin finish. 52 3/4" length with a 2 1/4" drop and 13 1/2" trigger pull. Barrel is .58 caliber, armory bright and is 40" long. Tapered round - 1.150 at breech to .750 at muzzle. Button rifled .004" deep. 1 in 65" twist. 3 lands - .580 and 3 grooves .588. Front sight is 1 piece steel stud base and blade. Rear sight is blued steel, base marked to 400 yds, leaf marked to 900 yards. Ignition is percussion - musket size caps. Features steel furniture - armory bright (except nosecap and blued sight). Brass nosecap. Lockplate marked "U.S. Springfield, 1857" on tail w/eagle on primer door. Barrel is marked "1857" on top flat w/"VP" and eagle head on left flat. Barrel bands marked "U". Buttplate marked "US" on top. Overall length of gun is 55 3/4" and weighs 10 1/2 lbs. Accessories include steel tulip head ramrod (10 X 32 thread) and nipple (8mm X 1. Recommended load 60 grains FFg with.570 round ball and .015 patch OR .577 minie ball. Manufactured by Chiappa/USA.
CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO CANADA.
Bayonet (BE0215) sold separately.