CONFEDERATE CAPTURED US CONTRACT MODEL 1861 MUSKET BY PARKER SNOW AS SEEN IN NEW REFERENCE BOOK ON CAPTURED & COLLECTED WEAPONS

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This contract Model 1861 by Parkers Snow & Company appears on page 60 of the new book “CAPTURED & COLLECTED: CONFEDERATE REISSUED ARMS” by Cpt. Steve W. Knott, USN (ret.) Weapon is in nice condition with a very clear and unmistakable “Q” stamped just forward of the triggerguard showing that it was Captured by the Confederates and reissued to their troops. Adjacent to the “Q” is a cartouche that was already present.

The overall appearance of the weapon shows that it has been cleaned at some point in the past. The barrel is bright and clean with just the faintest hint of pitting in some areas. Blued rear sight with two flip-up leaves is present as is the iron blade front sight. Left barrel flat is stamped with a crisp “VP” and a strong eaglehead. Top of the breech has a good barrel date of 1864 with very minor surface pitting near the nipple. Bore is bright and clean with good rifling.

The lock matches the barrel in appearance with a very crisp “1864” stamped behind the hammer. Forward of it is a good spread-winged eagle over a small “U.S.” and forward of that is a very strong maker’s name in two lines that reads “PARKERS’ SNOW & CO. MERIDEN, CONN.” Action is excellent and works properly. Nipple is also excellent.

The wood stock has much of the original feathered finish. Though there are numerous small scratches there are no cracks. The flat opposite the lock has two good inspector’s cartouche marks. There is some light wear along the ramrod channel but nothing major.

All three barrel bands are present and clearly stamped with a “U.” Both sling swivels are present as is the swelled shank iron ramrod which is full length.

Of this weapon Captain Knott writes:

“….Emblematic sample of a contract Model 1861 rifle-musket… No discernable repair can be found on this gun so it likely required only a minor part replacement or cleaning only. Given the date of manufacture and condition of the stock, this rile-musket saw little service before falling into Confederate hands. Even if subjected to some period on neglect, the C&R (captured & repaired) process would have removed any corrosion from the metal components and returned it to like-new condition prior to reissue.

The “Q” stamp is the most common of the C&R letter stamps by a significant margin; therefore, inspector “Q” was very likely employed by the Richmond Arsenal/Artillery Workshop because no other satellite location matched this facility in C&R production…”.

This is a nice example of one of these guns that was captured or collected by CS Ordnance teams or civilians and placed into the Confederate cleaning and repair (“C&R”) system for reissue to Confederate troops. Some 200,000 firearms, along with perhaps another 50,000 turned in by CS units, mostly in the eastern theatre, are estimated to have gone through the process at Danville, Staunton, Lynchburg, and Richmond. [ad]

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