Our museum is temporarily closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

Colt Model 1861 Special Musket:

Colt Model 1861 Special Musket:

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description (Brief)
Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company produced approximately 100,000.58 caliber rifle muskets for government contract during the Civil War. An unknown number, rejected by U.S. military inspectors, were sold on the civilian market.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
rifle
rifle musket, percussion
date made
1863
associated date
1863
maker
Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company
place made
United States
Measurements
overall, musket: 56 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in; 143.51 cm x 6.0325 cm
ID Number
AF.272952
catalog number
272952
accession number
54205
subject
Firearms
Civil War
See more items in
Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

I have a 1861 Colt Musket dated 1863. The leather sling has been sewed on both ends around the swivels. therefore the sling cannot be removed. It was brought to my attention years ago that this was done to keep the soldiers from making belts using rifle slings. True or false?

Add a comment about this object