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The Springfield Model 1812 Musket is a .69 caliber, flintlock musket produced by the Springfield Armory.
The war of 1812 revealed many weaknesses in the earlier Model 1795 Musket. The Model 1812 was an attempt to improve both the design and manufacturing process of the musket. The design borrowed heavily from the French Charleville model 1777 musket. The Springfield Model 1812 musket arrived too late to be of use in the war of 1812 but would later become standard issue to regular infantry and militia units.
The Model 1812 was a .69 caliber smooth bore musket, with a 42 inch barrel and a 54 inch stock, and a total length of 57 inches. The Model 1812 was produced both at Springfield and Harpers Ferry. The Springfield version had a cheek recess on the left side of the stock that was not present in the Harper's Ferry version.
The Model 1812 was produced in a quantity of almost 30,000 between the years 1814 and 1816. It was replaced by the Model 1816 Musket. However, the Model 1812 remained in service for many years, and was even used in the American Civil War, mostly by Confederate forces. By the start of the Civil war, the weapon was considered to be an old and obsolete, but was needed to fill arms shortages.
Some Model 1812 muskets were later converted to percussion lock firing mechanisms. The percussion cap system was much more reliable and weatherproof than the flintlock system used on the Model 1812.
I have one that was converted to percussion.
Things look better with age.