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Colt Model 1861 Special Musket:

Colt Model 1861 Special Musket:

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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.
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Object Name
rifle musket, percussion
date made
associated date
Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company
place made
United States
overall, musket: 56 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in; 143.51 cm x 6.0325 cm
ID Number
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Civil War
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
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National Museum of American History
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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?

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