Capandball Shoots an Original 1861 Springfield Rifle-Musket

Hungarian YouTuber capandball gives us a look at the world of blackpowder rifled-musket competition shooting, with his original Springfield 1861 Rifle-Musket, manufactured at Bridesburg:

The original guns, when coupled with Minie-style projectiles, can provide quite surprising accuracy for a weapon of their type. The rifled-musket was a development of the 1840s, and made possible by the development of conical projectiles with a recess in the base, creating a ‘skirt’ reminiscent of the protective accouterments of late-Medieval steel place cuirasses. The new weapons combined the rapidity of fire of the musket with accuracy approaching that of slow-loading rifles, and signalled the last major development in firearms before the introduction of the mass-produced breechloading rifle.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Anton Gray Basson

    I really love muzzleloader and blackpowder rifles. Shooting them is an art form and they have a very different recoil impulse that pushes instead of kicking. Currently waiting to get the family Martini registered in my name

  • Kovacs Jeno

    HajrΓ‘ BalΓ‘zs!

  • tts

    Really cool video, lots of surprising historical information in it too.

    What was that eye piece he is using to help aim that is clamped to his cap visor? Period correct aiming assistance?

    • Kovacs Jeno

      Mr. Nemeth is a history teacher and also the president of the Hungarian Muzzle Loaders Association. He is also an international competitor, and that special “glass” is allowed in certain bullseye shooting matches. That is like a diopter sight right in front of your eye.

      • tts

        Didn’t know any of that, thanks! πŸ˜‰

  • Swarf

    Very interesting, thanks for the post.

  • Vitsuas

    What a gorgeous rifle, and such an important part of the American story.

  • Marcus D.

    I have three revolvers so far, and was looking at another last weekend, but then there was this CVA Pennsylvania long rifle (percussion) in .45 cal with a rich tiger maple stock…My dream wall collection starts with a 1841 Harper’s Ferry musket, a 1861 Springfield, a 1903 Springfield, a Garand and an M1 Carbine. Not so sure about the flintlock Brown Bess, but no collection would be complete without one. But I’d have to get rich first…