Model 1822 Musket

Model 1822 Musket
Place of originUnited States of America
Service history
In service1822–1865
Used byUnited States
Confederate States of America
WarsIndian Wars
Texas–Indian Wars
Arikara War
Winnebago War
Black Hawk War
Second Seminole War
Mexican–American War
American Civil War
Production history
ManufacturerUnited States Armory and Arsenal at Springfield, United States Armory and Arsenal at Harper's Ferry
No. built?
Mass10 lb (4.5 kg)
Length58.0 in (1,470 mm)
Barrel length42.0 in (1,070 mm)

CartridgePaper cartridge, musket ball undersized (.65/16.510 mm) to reduce the effects of powder fouling
Caliber.69 (17.526 mm)
Rate of fireUser dependent; usually 2 to 3 rounds every 1 minute
Muzzle velocity1,000 ft/s (300 m/s) to 1,200 ft/s (370 m/s)
Effective firing range100 to 200 yards, in reality 50 to 75 yards
Maximum firing range300 yd (275 m)[1]
Feed systemMuzzle-loaded
SightsA front sight cast into the barrel band

The Springfield Model 1822 Musket is a .69 caliber, flintlock musket manufactured by the Springfield Armory and Harper's Ferry Armory

The Model 1822 was an improvement to the Model 1816 Musket. Some documents refer to the Model 1822 as its own separate model, but other documents refer to it as a variant of the Model 1816.

Like the Model 1816, the Model 1822 was a .69 caliber smoothbore flintlock, with a 42-inch (107 cm) barrel and an overall length of 58 inches (147 cm). One of the most noticeable differences in the Model 1822 is the attachment of the lower sling swivel. The forward part of the trigger bow was provided with an enlargement which was drilled to receive the sling swivel rivet. Previously, the sling swivel had been affixed to a stud in front of the trigger bow.

In addition to the Harper's Ferry and Springfield Armories, the Model 1822 was produced by numerous other contractors. It was eventually replaced by the Springfield Model 1835, which is also considered by many to be a continuation of the Model 1816.

Like other flintlocks, many of the Model 1822 were converted to percussion lock systems in the 1840s and 1850s, as percussion caps were more reliable and weather resistant than flintlocks. Some also had their barrels rifled so that they could fire the newly developed Minié ball. However, during the City Mexico City Campaign, General Winfield Scott insisted on his army being equipped with flintlock muskets because flints were easy to make or procure, important in a hostile country where supply lines were vulnerable.

The Model 1822 was used in both the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War. During the latter, .69 caliber muskets (mostly percussion, but some flintlocks as well) were common in the early part of the war (either in their original form or converted to rifling). They had totally disappeared from the Army of the Potomac by the second half of 1862 (aside from the Irish Brigade, which carried Model 1842 muskets until 1864), but the less-well equipped Confederates used them for longer, and the Army of Northern Virginia's ordnance chief claimed that Gettysburg was the first battle in which the army was completely free of smoothbore muskets. In the West, the situation was worse for both sides and smoothbores remained in use in the Union armies into 1863. Some Confederate regiments were still carrying .69 caliber muskets at the Battle of Franklin in November 1864.

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