Springfield Armory Tour

I was recently at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Summit in Springfield, MA and we were taken on a tour of the Springfield Armory. I learned that it’s managed by the National Parks Service, and it’s a pretty great tour. Some highlights:

1. Demonstration of a Model 1861 Percussion Rifle Musket

2. Some old relics







3. The 100,000th, 200,000th, 300,000th, and final M1 Garand to come off the Springfield Armory line.





4. Steampunk Exhibit, on display through the end of September 2014






Admission to the Springfield Armory museum is free. If you want to see an important part of American history, I recommend checking out this museum.


Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.



  • Zachary marrs

    Pretty cool, I like all things steam punk too.

  • It is a great museum with a lot of unique firearms. Things like the Winchester Salvo rifle, a brass 1911 and more.

    • Shawn Thompson

      not brass, Brastil, a mixture to make them cheaper. it was a failure

  • Renegade

    OK, I’ll be the one to ask.

    What is that bolt-action in the first picture listed under “2. Some old relics”?

    • Hi Renegade- it’s a 1903 Springfield Match grade rifle. Check out the tag in the second pic for more details.

      • Renegade

        Well, ya see, that would have required using my eyes. To, ya know, view the content on the screen.

        I’ll be over here if anyone needs me.

    • sianmink

      Isn’t its description in the picture right below it? A 1903 springfield national match. It looks like the stock was customized.

  • john huscio

    Doesn’t rock island have some exhibits as well?

  • Cymond

    A few years ago, I saw pics from a Springfield Armory tour that included all KINDS of weird experimental stuff in a back room/warehouse. For example, they had a M1 Garand fitted with the magazine from a Johnson rifle.
    On an barely-related note, I have a junk old Hopkins Allen topbreak revolver that’s unsafe to shoot (really bad timing) and would love to “steam punk” it, but I’m not artistic enough.

  • gunslinger

    few things..

    1) love steam punk. awesome what some people can do.
    2) what’s the bulge on the stock of the rifle for? better cheek rest?
    3) what about the ball thing hanging from near the trigger
    4) where are the XDs? 🙂

  • Renegade

    But where is the bayonet lug on that National Match 1903?

    Because I totally knew that’s what that rifle was. Yup.

  • PGConley

    Awesome, I was there last year, they had a ton of fantastic guns on display, like the doublebarreled FAL experimental gun