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1864 William Muir & Co, Civil War 58 Cal Musket Riffle

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This civil war musket riffle is in fair to good condition for it's age. It's 58 Caliber with a 33" barrel (that's the original length) . It is missing the ramrod. Hammer spring is strong. From what I read, the shorter riffles where for the younger and smaller men coming in near the end of the war.  

The American Civil War raged from April 12, 1861 to May 9, 1865 in which roughly 30,000 Model 1861 muskets were produced by Muir for the US government. Like the Springfield production of the Model 1861, the Muir Contract model could be considered the “everyman’s” infantry weapon.

Case No. 85. William Muir & Company, and Windsor Locks.
In this case bargaining achieved the desired end for Muir, confirmation of his contract for a full 30,000 Springfield rifle muskets. He delivered them all.
William Muir on 7 December 1861 received an order from the Secretary of War for 30,000 Springfield's at $20.His contract, re-signed July 9, 1862, contained these terms and the deliveries which began January 22, 1863, and finished November 3, 1864, were paid at that rate: $20 and $16. 25,000 at the full $20 and the last 5,000 at only $16.


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