West Point Military Academy Issued Model 1851 Cadet Rifle by Springfield

Informational Video by Rafael Eledge of ShilohRelics.com about the West Point Military Academy Issued Model 1851 Cadet Rifle by Springfield

Hey you guys this is Raphael from Shiloh Relics calm hope you’re having a good Day I hope you remember that you’re Loved And I hope everything is going your way And your way only today we’re going to Talk about an interesting gun from a Very special place in America when you Look at this gun it looks like a Standard military model 1842 gun except Shrunken down it’s a lot different than That and it had a really cool Destination and I’ll tell you all about That in just a minute the gun itself is Officially known as a US model 1851 Cadet percussion musket and they were Made just like it sounds to go to cadets And military academies some of these Were actually even sent to Virginia Military Institute in Lexington Virginia Hey to all my friends that are up in That area and if you graduate from VMI You’re lucky because that’s an amazing Place the guns themselves fire 0.57 inch Caliber bullet 57 107 inch from the full-length 40 inch Barrel they look almost identical to the US model 18 42 cadet musket except they Changed the lock the locking knees Actually is almost identical to the u.s. Musketoon model 1847 lock plate so That’s the difference on the lock plate You see the Springfield Arsenal because It’s made in Springfield Mass and you’ll

Also have the production date in front Of that hammer on the gun it’ll have the Union Eagle as well as the US stamping The barrel like we said was 40 inches When it originally was designed and they Made the 4,000 of them in 1855 something Happened that changed military use for Muskets in a way that was amazing and it Was brought about by the secretary of Or he gets a lot of the credit for it Who happened to be Jefferson Davis Jefferson Davis was Secretary of War in 1855 and he realized that he and other People realized that you need to Standardize the size because they were Firing so many different sizes you had 69 calibers and you had 58 calibers and Some we’re doing different calibers they Realized that it needed to be Standardized and so what he did he not Only standardized the size for possible He also wanted to strictly implement Rifling and rifling as we’ve talked About before are the lands and grooves In the barrel that allow when you shoot That bullet in spins and it’s a lot more Accurate this gun was sent some more Special on the top of the barrel band The back barrel band and that’s just What holds the barrel on the stock it Has this little number that little Number is the most important mark on This whole gun that lets us know that This is one that went to West Point

Military Academy West Point Military Academy is a purty premiere military School in the US it had amazing people Come from there it had amazing people Attend there it had amazing people that Taught there including robert e lee Including u.s. grant it had it’s it’s Lee school and for all of my friends They graduated from there thank you and I appreciate you we know that it went There for a couple of reasons they in 1857 and fifty-eight wanted those cadets That were going to be leading in the Future to be used to rifle guns they Were at that time they didn’t receive Any of the fifty one models they were Still using in 1842 that was basically The same gun They wanted rifled ones so they could Teach those cadets about rifled guns This is what they got so we know because Of that little number out there that This is one of the guns that were rifled They put the rifling in it they added a Long-range rear sight like that onto the Breech of the gun and if you notice the End of the ramrod on the earlier ones Where they were firing just a smooth Ball a smooth musket ball didn’t need a Cup in the end of the ramrod it was just Flat because all you’re doing was Pushing the ball down the barrel see That little dish like that That’s so you could pry push that rifle

Bullet down the barrel so makes a lot of Difference to a collector that it’s one That went to West Point they say only a Couple 300 of them went to there there According to the records there were 341 Of them that were altered to rifle at Springfield and you one might assume That all 341 of them went there we know This one dead miss 203 so we have a cool Gun this one when it left the Armory Would have been bright some of them had Blue and some of them had brown finish These were all bright and it still has a Pleasing look the barrels full length it Has rifling at the breech you can still See the original production date of 1853 Like this stamped into the barrel and It’s stamped that because that’s when it Was made it would have been wrathful a Couple of years later when they were Taking them getting ready for West Point And you also had the Eagle stamp and you Have the VMP be in the VMP where it was Viewed and proof so they would know it Was a good enough quality that they Could use these guns are neat I’ve only Had a couple of them over the years just Got this one in hopefully it will be on The website The time you guys are watching this but If not it’ll be shortly after and you Can own it you can have a gun that we Know went to West Point because of that 203 I hope that you have enjoyed this

Because this is one that I was excited About getting to share with you guys I Bought it specifically for the reason of Getting it to share it with you guys I Hope you all have a wonderful time I Hope that you remember that every one That you encounter deserves respect Every one that you encounter it doesn’t Matter if they’re white if they’re black If they’re brown if they glow in the Dark if you meet him you ought to be Nice to him because you never realize That could be the person that will end Up being your best friend I love you I Hope you know that I hope you’re kind of Each other and remember I appreciate the One of you if you need me I’m here I hope y’all have a great day and we’ll Catch you next time


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