Friday, October 26, 2007

A Review of Civil War Rifles

Over the course of the past ten years, an ever growing number of people have become more interested in the U.S. Civil War and in Civil War rifles. Through this brief article, the reader is provided with a quick overview of Civil War rifles.

Some of the most popular civil war rifles include the Model 1861 Springfield Musket. It was the most widely used shoulder arm of the Civil war and saw service in every major battle. It was made in the North at a cost of $15 to $20 to the federal government at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts as well as 32 other private manufacturers and was a very modern weapon for its time. Its rifled bore, interchangeable parts and percussion cap ignition system incorporated the major innovations of the prewar years into an accurate, dependable rifle. It weighed in at 9.25 lbs, was 58.5 inches overall, came with a triangular 21 inch socket bayonet and fired a .58 calibre conical minie ball.

Utilizing 1855 Rifle Musket parts taken from the Harpers Ferry Arsenal, the Confederacy manufactured this long arm at the Richmond Armory in Richmond, VA. Similar in design to the 1861 Springfield, the Richmond Musket utilized a different rear sight, brass buttplate and a brass forend cap. This line of Civil War rifles have been seriously sought after by collectors in recent years.

Another of the widely used Civil War rifles was the Parker-Hale Whitworth Rifle, .451 CAL. The famous British match rifle that was used by Confederate snipers during the Civil War. It was known for its accuracy out to 1000 yards. Features Whitworth's patent hexagonal bore rifling system, fully adjustable globe front and ladder rear sights, and a hand checkered walnut stock. This line of Civil War rifles is also a hot property today as far as collectors are concerned.