U.S. Model 1816 Flintlock Contract Musket by A. Waters with a manufacturing date of 1822. The stamped markings on the musket include: "A. WATERS / 1822" and "US" under the image of an eagle on the lockplate, a "B" on the side of the trigger, "US" on top of the buttplate, and "MLM", "H", "P", and "N" on the back of the barrel.
The exhibit label for Tools of War (2011) reads: U.S. Model 1816 flintlock contract musket by A. Waters and manufactured in 1822. Like the Model 1817 common rifle, the Model 1816 new pattern muskets resulted in part from the official recommendations of 1815; a barrel exactly 42" long, a lock similar to that of the French Model 1777, mountings which conform generally to the French Model of 1763 and a weight of ten pounds. With the adoption of the Model 1816, Ordinance officials were really determined to get a standardized weapon for the infantry. Between 1817 and 1819 Harper's Ferry supplied private contractors with sixteen additional patterns plus dies and gauges to assure a uniform product. But in all this careful planning there was a flaw. Contractors like A. Waters would be allowed to use up parts left over from earlier production, and this clause alone practically guaranteed that the early Model 1816's would not be much better than previous muskets.
|Dimensions||H-3.5 W-6 L-57.5 inches|