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Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
This U.S. Model 1842 musket was manufactured at the U.S. Armory, Harpers Ferry, Va. 1844-1855. About 103,000 were made there. The arm was also made at the U.S. Armory, Springfield, MA, where about 172,000 were produced. Others were also made under contract. Some of the early production were used in the Mexican War 1846-1848. The arm was also used in the Civil War 1861-1865.
This arm had several important distinctions: first regulation percussion musket made at National Armories; first U.S. model made at both armories with all parts interchangeable; last smoothbore arm in .69 caliber.
[lock] HARPERS | FERRY | 1843; [front of hammer] (eagle) | US; [barrel, left breech] AR (script) | P and V | P | (eagle head); [barrel tang] 1848; [inside trigger guard] 0; [top buttplate tang] US; [hammer screw slot, both sides] S
A: Musket; B: Ramrod; US M1842 Percussion Musket, caliber .69. 42" barrel. Single shot, muzzleloading smoothbore. One-piece walnut stock. All metal bright. Three bands spring retained. Brass blade front sight, bayonet lug under barrel. One-piece steel ramrod. (See Flayderman's Guide 5th Edition, p. 446; Gluckman, United States Muskets, Rifles, and Carbines; Fuller, Springfield Muzzloading Shoulder Arms, p. 96) From gun tag: "Metropolitan Museum in New York borrowed this gun exhibition in the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts, Wilmington, Delaware, Dec 1946-Feb 1947."
U.S. Model 1842
not serially numbered
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.