Saturday, November 24, 2007

Springfield model 1795

The Springfield Model 1795 Musket was the first musket to be made in the United States. It is estimated that about 40 people made 225 of these weapons in 1795, and 70,000 were made during the time of the War of 1812. This weapon was a development of the Charleville musket, another weapon used by the United States at this time. The Model 1795 was also used by the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition. It had an effective range of 50 to 75 yards, as well as a nominal caliber of .69, firing a .69 caliber lead ball. It should be noted that the same .69 caliber lead balls were also used in some pistols of the time.

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