Model 1842 U.S. Percussion Musket dated Springfield 1845. The stamped markings on the gun include "SPRING / FIELD / 1845" and the image of an eagle holding arrows and a olive branch over "US" on the lockplate, "US / 067" on the top of the butt plate, "845", "AR / P" and "VP" at the back of the barrel, and "MR" carved into the wood to the right of the trigger guard. The steel ram rod is intact and stored under the barrel.
The exhibit label for Tools of War (2011) reads: The Model 1842 percussion Musket was significant in that it was the last U.S. regulation .69 caliber smoothbore, as well as the first to be made at both the Springfield and Harpers Ferry armories with completely interchangeable parts. Like the earlier Model 1840, the Model 1842 was produced with an intentionally thicker barrel than necessary, with the assumption that it would likely be rifled later. As the designers anticipated, many of the Model 1842 muskets had their barrels rifled later so that they could fire the newly developed Minie Ball. Approximately 175,000 Model 1842 muskets were produced at the Springfield and Harpers Ferry armories between 1844 and 1855.
|Dimensions||H-2.5 W-5.5 L-57.25 inches|