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1863 Springfield question

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Poodleshooter, Apr 17, 2003.

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  1. Poodleshooter

    Poodleshooter Member

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    Does anyone know if 1863 Springfields were manufactured by any subcontractors (other than Springfield Arsenal,IOW), and if there are any ways to track them individually?
    Particularly any links online would be helpful.
    thanks!
     
  2. Mike Irwin

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    Yes, I believe a number of subcontractors manufactured the 1863s.

    God... we talked about one such manufacturer over on The Firing Line maybe 2 years ago?

    I know I posed in the thread. Try searching on my name.

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  3. Jim K

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    While the Model 1861 rifle-musket was manufactured by many contractors, AFAIK, the standard Model 1863 was made only by Springfield. There are two types, sometimes called Type I and Type II; collectors also call the Type II the Model 1864, but I don't know of any official use of the term. The Remington "Zouave" is sometimes called the Model 1863 also, but it is an entirely different gun.

    If by tracking them individually you mean finding out which unit or which soldier used a given weapon, that was nearly impossible even later when the weapons had serial numbers. I know of no way it could be done with a Model 1863.

    HTH

    Jim
     
  4. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Don't have my book on the 61-63 Springfield in front of me, but there were numerous clones including the Confederates. Got any questions in particular? I can try to look it up.
     
  5. RON in PA

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    Jim has the story on this one. Only Springfield made them. The 1861 is the model with umpteen contractors.
     
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