1863 Springfield Rifle Musket, Type 1

The newest weapon in the Civil War Arsenal is an 1863 Rifle Musket. I purchased this weapon many years ago because it was so clean and straight. This weapon looks as though it was just removed from the crate it was shipped in. The stock is smooth and clean with hardly a scratch on it, the metal looks as good today as it did 154 years ago and the lock plate and hammer still have its rainbow of casehardening colors.

Manufactured in Springfield Massachusetts at the Springfield Armory the 1863 Rifle Musket is a .58 caliber single shot muzzleloader with a 40” round barrel and three barrel bands. A total of 273,265 were produced making it the most common of all Union weapons.

Iron mountings. All metal parts finished bright except for the lock-plate and hammer the rear sight is sometimes blued, as are the barrels bands. The ramrod is either tulip type or straight type shank and the front sight doubles as a bayonet stud.

If you have any questions about this weapon or any of the other weapon in my arsenal feel free to contact me at civilwararsenal@yahoo.com attn: Gene West. Thanks for stopping by.

8 thoughts on “1863 Springfield Rifle Musket, Type 1

  1. Hello Gene-

    I read your article after googling ‘value of civil war rifles’…per your message I would appreciate your professional opinion of the approximate value of a civil rifle that I am considering selling? I purchased this rifle back in the 70’s at an estate sale. It is an 1863 Springfield Rifle w/bayonet. I hear so much about trapdoor, and not really sure what it means, but my rifle has a brass door located on the butt of the rifle. It contains a small bag of percussion caps. The rifle is in original condition, meaning it has never been shined up. All the actions work, and I was told that the elderly gentleman who previously owned the rifle had fired it as a young boy. Any assistance in helping to determine it’s value would be greatly appreciated.


    • Kevin, I would need to see images of the weapon before I could give any thoughts. If you could forward high resolution photos I will do my best in helping you with value. Trapdoor just means it loads at the breech of the weapon generally with a breechblock that pivots forward.

  2. Hi Mr. West,

    I just found your site. There’s a musket for sale for $900. The condition is unknown to me, although the woman selling it says it is very good. I can’t find any reference to the value of it. I am a Civil War aficionado, but mostly I’m interested because it seems undervalued and I’m wondering if I might be able to turn a profit by selling it to another Civil War buff like me.

    Obviously you cannot tell me how much this particular musket is worth. However, taking into consideration who made it and the fact that the bayonet is with it, I’m wondering if you might be able to provide a range of value that it might fall under. Of course, I’m not holding you to anything. I’m just curious as a possible investment.

    Thank you,


  3. Dear Gene,

    I saw your post online and was wondering if you could tell the value of a U.S MODEL 1863 .58 CALIBER CIVIL WAR MUSKET with attached bayonet and leather shoulder strap; has been passed down in our family for years.

    Along with with it’s possible value, can tell me the names of any gun collectors who would be interested in purchasing this gun?

    Thanks Gene.


    Jim Wehrheim

    • Jim,
      The value of the weapon you own depends on condition, hundreds of thousands of Springfield’s were made during the war and there are many survivors, but the ones that command premiums are in excellent condition. Below I’ve included information on values.
      Most dealers wouldn’t be interested in the Springfield unless it was in fine condition, but there are other venues for selling your weapon i.e. http://www.gunbrokers.com, http://www.lodgewoodmfg.com.
      You didn’t provide any images of the weapon so I have no way of understanding condition…..if you like forward some photos and I may be able to help further.

      Regards, Gene

      • Hi Gene,

        You were kind enough to respond to me this past January when I inquired about the value of a rifle I own.

        I am so sorry its taken me seven months to respond; I started a new job and moved from my home in Wisconsin to Arizona. Thank you for your patience!

        Attached are some (not so professional) pictures I took recently.

        Here are a few more facts about the rifle:

        Springfield rifle serial number is 4362
        Breach-loading cartridge
        Block & barrel 36 inches long.
        National Armory Bright finish
        The “C” and number 10 stamped on the butt plate means “C” Company, 10th gun.

        If you can help me further, let me know your thoughts when and if you have time.

        Thank you Gene!


        Jim Wehrheim

  4. Particulars: special model by Lamson Goodnow & Yale with lockplate stamped”US/L G&Y/WINDSOR VT” dated 1864. Metal has light salt & pepper pitting but looks good, has walnut stock, a cartouche & a very good bore. Thanks for any help you can give us as to it’s value.

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