Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Springfield Model 1855 Rifled Carbine

Only around 1,020 of these rifled carbines were manufactured by Springfield Armory in the mid-1850s. They were the first rifled carbines produced at the national armories and differed from the other Model 1855 series firearms in that they lack the Maynard tape primer system.

The barrel was the typical 22” carbine length and rifled to use the .54 caliber Minnie ball.

It featured a captive ramrod that was retained by a swinging link system, similar to the pattern used on the US M-1842 pistol.

A basic front sight and three folding leaf rear sight. Two piece trigger guard with a large round saddle ring mounted on the rear.

An interesting side note on this carbine; 
In 1963/early 1864 the Confederate War Department contracted with Virginia arms maker, Bilharz, Hall & Co., to produce 1000 copies of the M1855. The only difference would be the caliber. Someone in the Confederacy must have thought highly of the little carbine.

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