Make your own free website on Tripod.com

U.S. Model 1795 Musket, .69 Calibre

Commonly called the "Springfield musket," this was the standard long arm of the American infantry during the war and derived from a French weapon supplied during the revolutionary war. During the War of 1812, contracts were let out to private manufactuers such as Eli Whitney who manufactured this particular weapon in 1812. American weapons production was impressive. It is estimated that by 1814 about thirty thousand muskets were being produced annually in the United States.

U.S. Model 1795 Musket, .69 Calibre

This particular weapon was manufactered by the government armoury at Springfield in 1809. Firing a lighter and smaller ball than it's British counterpart, the Springfield had less hitting power. The enlargement shows details of the ignition system. The screw clamp jaws of the cock held a flint that, when the trigger was pulled, was brought into contact with the frizzen, a hinged piece of steel (here shown in the open postion) striking sparks that ignited the powder in the pan (between the cock and the frizzen) that set off the charge in the barrel by means of the vent hole (not shown).