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Model 1861 Springfield

Model 1861 Springfield

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The standard rifle of Civil War, the Model 1861 Springfield gained its name from the fact that it was originally produced at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts. Weighing 9 pounds and firing a .58 caliber round, the Springfield was produced widely on both sides with over 700,000 manufactured during the war. The Springfield was the first rifled musket to ever be produced in such large numbers.

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