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The M1841 Mississippi Rifle

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Type Place of origin Rifled Musket USA, Harpers Ferry

Service history
Used by USA 1 Mississippi Regiment CSA Wars Seminole Wars Mexican–American War American Civil War

Production history
Designed Manufacturer 1840 Harpers Ferry Armory, E. Whitney Unit cost Produced Variants 16 dollars 1841-1861 bayonet mounts


000 to 1. ladder sight (rear) The M1841 Mississippi Rifle is a muzzle loading percussion rifle used in the Mexican– American War & the American Civil War. [edit] History .54 ball.2 kg) 48. 0.Weight Length Barrel length 9 pounds 4 ounces (4.230 mm) 33 inches (840 mm) Cartridge Cartridge weight Caliber Action Rate of fire Muzzle velocity Effective range Maximum range Feed system Sights .54. V-notch. leaf.58 percussion lock 2-3 per minute 1.200 feet per second 0-1100 yards 2000 muzzle blade (front)..5 inches (1.5 ounces (14 g) 0.58 minie ball 0.

S. The nickname "Mississippi Rifle" originated in the Mexican War when future Confederate president Jefferson Davis was appointed colonel of a Mississippi volunteer regiment which was armed with Model 1841 rifles. and ultimately the Model 1861 Springfield. equipped the Whitney Armory to do likewise. and were such an improvement that many earlier flintlock rifles and muskets were later converted to percussion lock systems. Percussion lock systems were much more reliable and weatherproof than the flintlock systems that they replaced. more precise machines and a system of gauging that made it possible for the first time to achieve. Machinery and fixtures for making the 1822 contract flintlock musket had to be retooled or replaced in order to produce the lock and barrel of the new model. due to its smaller size and its similarity to the German Jäger rifles. rifle to use a percussion lock system. The Model 1841 evolved into the Model 1855 US Rifle.54 caliber. had just been making the same kind of major changes there. The Mississippi Rifle was sometimes referred to as a "yagger" rifle. who. and sharpshooters often used them.58 caliber. Whitney.S. which became the standard issue weapon for regular army infantry. The rifle was also modified to accept a sword type bayonet. Under his tutelage.When Eli Whitney Blake took over management of the Harpers Ferry Armory in 1842. gives the power of appointing militia officers to the states. smoothbore muskets were still the primary infantry weapon and any unit with rifles was considered special and designated as such. had the good sense to hire Thomas Warner as foreman. Eli Whitney. In 1855. so that it could use the . government for making the model 1841 percussion rifle. as master armorer at Springfield Armory. Thomas Warner had spearheaded the drive to equip the Springfield Armory with a set of new. . he argued.58 caliber Minie Ball that had recently become standard. By the time of the Civil War. The Mississippi Rifle was originally produced in . Jr. the 20th New York Infantry was armed with them up to Antietam). In traditional Southern style he believed the appointment was unconstitutional. Many older Mississippi Rifles were re-bored to . but Confederate NCOs. the Mississippi Rifle was generally considered obsolete. [edit] Design and Features The Mississippi Rifle was the first standard U. the long-desired goal of interchangeability of parts in military small arms. It was rarely carried by Union troops (with a few exceptions. skirmishers. At the Battle of Buena Vista. Davis' regiment helped provide the decisive push that drove the Mexicans from the field. the Mississippi Rifle was changed to . The United States Constitution. he set about tooling up under his new contract from the U. In June 1846. using 1:66 rifling and no provision for fixing a bayonet. and occasionally whole infantry regiments. not to the federal government. Jr. in the late 1840s. the army offered him an appointment as a brigadier general of a militia unit but he declined.58 caliber. At this time.

300. ISBN 0-8063-4640-X "Confederate Tales of the War" By Michael E..php?title=M1841_Mississippi_Rifle&oldid=469091183" View page ratings Rate this page What's this? Trustworthy Objective Complete Well-written I am highly knowledgeable about this topic (optional) Submit ratings Saved successfully Your ratings have not been submitted yet Categories:  Early rifles  American Civil War rifles  Weapons of the Confederate States of America Personal tools  Log in / create account Namespaces   Article Talk . 2002... The Guns of Harpers Ferry. [edit] References   Brown.wikipedia. and 500 yard ranges. Stuart E. This was later replaced with leaf sights with 100. Banasik Retrieved from "http://en. 157 p.: Clearfield ©1968. Md. A ladder sight with ranges from 100 to 1100 yards in 100 yard increments was fitted on some later rifles. Baltimore.The first Mississippi Rifles had a v-notch sight.

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