The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
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Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

relicman.com.


Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Special model 1861 muskets, Colt.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.



Rifled percussion musket, Special Model 1861, subcontract Colt, 1862, .58 cal.

Springfield Armory supervised the manufacturing and distribution of the  Model 1861 muskets.  In order to fulfill shortages, production was sub- contracted to a number of private manufacturers.  The "Special" Model 1861  contract represented a transition from the Model 1861 design and incorporated many of the features eventually adopted in the Model 1863  regulation, namely the contoured hammer, flat bolster and removal of band  springs.  Colt Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut produced  approximately 70,000 muskets under this contract.  Musket was designed as a single shot 58 cal. rifled muzzleloader, iron buttplate, contoured hammer, bolster is milled flat eliminating the clean out screw, three leaf sight, three barrel bands are  rounded with tightening screws secured by internal springs, ramrod is tulip head with end threaded, shank is straight bulge removed, two strap hooks,  iron nose cap.    Lock is marked "1862" behind the hammer, "U.S. / COLT'S PT- F. A.  MFG- CO- / HARTFORD, CT-"  in front, hammer is marked with "B", bolster is flat with eagle.   Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head, "1862",  additional inspector stampings, "STEEL" and "FF". Buttplate is marked "US".   Three bands each marked "U", additional inspector mark "B" on each band.   Trigger guard is marked with "B".  Cartouche on wood on left side indicate government inspection.  Round barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 5B-255.

W0815     Rifled percussion musket, Special Model 1861, subcontract Colt, 1862, .58 cal. with bayonet
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W0915     Rifled percussion musket, Special Model 1861, subcontract Colt, 1862, .58 cal.


Rifled percussion musket, Special Model 1861, subcontract Colt, 1863, .58 cal.
 
Springfield Armory supervised the manufacturing and distribution of the  Model 1861 muskets.  In order to fulfill shortages, production was sub- contracted to a number of private manufacturers.  The "Special" Model 1861 contract represented a transition from the Model 1861 design and incorporated many of the features eventually adopted in the Model 1863  regulation, namely the contoured hammer, flat bolster and removal of band  springs.  Colt Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut produced approximately 70,000 muskets under this contract.  Musket was designed as a single shot 58 cal.  rifled muzzleloader, iron buttplate, contoured hammer, bolster is milled flat eliminating the clean out screw, three leaf sight, three barrel bands are  rounded with tightening screws secured by internal springs, ramrod is tulip head with end threaded, shank is straight bulge removed, two strap hooks, iron nose cap.    Lock is marked "1863" behind the hammer, "U.S. / COLT'S PT- F. A.  MFG- CO- / HARTFORD, CT-"  in front.  Bolster depicts and eagle.  Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head, 1863, "STEEL" with additional inspector stampings.  Buttplate is marked "US".   Three bands each marked "U".   Trigger guard is marked.   Cartouche on wood on left side indicate government inspection.  Round barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 5B-255.

W0759     Rifled percussion musket, Special Model 1861, subcontract Colt, 1863, .58 cal.

W1122     Rifled percussion musket, Special Model 1861, subcontract Colt, 1863, .58 cal.


Rifled percussion musket, Special Model 1861, subcontract Colt, 1864, .58 cal.

Springfield Armory supervised the manufacturing and distribution of the Model 1861 muskets.  In order to fulfill shortages, production was sub-contracted to a number of private manufacturers.  The "Special" Model 1861 contract represented a transition from the Model 1861 design and incorporated many of the features eventually adopted in the Model 1863 regulation, namely the contoured hammer, flat bolster and removal of band springs.  Colt Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut produced approximately 70,000 muskets under this contract.  Musket was designed as a single shot 58 cal. rifled muzzleloader, iron buttplate, contoured hammer, bolster is milled flat eliminating the clean out screw, three leaf sight, three barrel bands are rounded with tightening screws secured by internal springs, ramrod is tulip head with end threaded, shank is straight, bulge removed, two strap hooks, iron nose cap.  Lock is marked "1864" behind the hammer, "U.S. / COLT'S PT- F. A.  MFG- CO- / HARTFORD, CT-"  in front.  Bolster is marked  with an eagle.   Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head, "1864".  Buttplate is marked "US".   Three bands each marked "U".   Trigger guard is marked with "H".   Cartouche on wood on left side indicate government inspection.  Round barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 5B-255.

W0906     Rifled percussion musket, Special Model 1861, subcontract Colt, 1864, .58 cal.

W1032     Rifled percussion musket, Special Model 1861, subcontract Colt, 1864, .58 cal.

W1055     Rifled percussion musket, Special Model 1861, subcontract Colt, 1864, .58 cal.