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Model 1816 Musket

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Type Place of origin

Musket United States

Service history
In service Used by Wars 1816-1865 United States Mexican-American War, American Civil War

Production history
Designed Produced Number built 1812 1816-1844 675,000

Weight 10 lbs.


58 inches

Caliber Action Rate of fire Effective range Feed system

.69 musket ball Flintlock 2-3 round/min 100 to 200 yards Muzzleloader

The US Model 1816 Musket was a .69 caliber flintlock musket used in the United States during the early 19th century.


1 History 2 External links 3 See also 4 References

[edit] History
The War of 1812 had revealed many weaknesses in American muskets. The Model 1812 Musket was created in an attempt to improve both the design and manufacture of the musket. The Model 1816 made further improvements, and replaced the Model 1812. The Model 1812 had borrowed heavily from the design of the French Charleville model 1777 musket, and this design was retained for the Model 1816. The Model 1816 had a 42 inch long .69 caliber barrel, similar to the Model 1812, but had a longer lock plate, a shorter trigger guard, and a longer bayonet than the Model 1812. The Model 1816 also had a more straight lined stock. The overall length of the weapon was 58 inches.[1]

Model 1816 Musket Exploded View Diagram The Model 1816 musket was originally produced at the Harpers Ferry and Springfield Arsenals between 1816 and 1844. Around 675,000 were made, more than any other flintlock in U.S. history.[2] The Model 1816 was originally produced as a flintlock musket. Like many flintlock muskets, many of these were later converted to percussion cap, as the percussion cap system was much more reliable and weather resistant. The Model 1816 was used by Texians during the Texas Revolution and by the US Army and militia during the Mexican-American War. It was also used during the early years of the American Civil War until around 1862. Many improvements to the Model 1816 were made, producing the Model 1822, Model 1835, Model 1840, and Model 1842. U.S. Ordnance Department referred to these as different models, but in other U.S. government documents they are referred to as a continuation of the Model 1816.[3] Modern histories are similarly inconsistent in the nomenclature of these weapons.

[edit] External links

US Model 1816 musket

[edit] See also

List of individual weapons of the U.S. Armed Forces Springfield musket musket

[edit] References

1. ^ "Guns on the Early Frontiers" by Carl P. Russell, Published by U of Nebraska Press, 1980 2. ^ Springfield Armory Weapons Research 3. ^ "Guns on the Early Frontiers" by Carl P. Russell, Published by U of Nebraska Press, 1980

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