Capandball Shoots an Original 1861 Springfield Rifle-Musket

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

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 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. He can be reached via email at

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  • Vitsuas Vitsuas on Jun 18, 2015

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

  • Marcus D. Marcus D. on Jun 19, 2015

    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...