Springfield Model 1840 flintlock musket

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Model 1840 musket
Springfield Model 1840 flintlock
Type musket
Place of origin  United States
Service history
In service 1840-1865
Used by United States
Wars Mexican-American War, American Civil War
Production history
Designed 1840
Produced 1840-1846
No. built 30,000
Weight 10 lbs.
Length 58 inches

Caliber .69 musket ball
Action flintlock
Rate of fire 2-3 round/min
Effective firing range 100 to 200 yards max 50 to 75 effective
Feed system muzzle-loaded

The Model 1840 flintlock musket was produced at Springfield Armory. The .69 caliber musket had a 42" barrel, an overall length of 58", and a weight of 9.8 lbs. More than 30,000 were produced by the Springfield Armory and two independent contractors between 1840 and 1846.


The Model 1840 was a minor improvement over the Springfield Model 1835 musket, and therefore was not dramatically different from the older Model 1835. The Model 1840 featured a longer bayonet with a clasp and a stock with a comb. The designers of the Model 1840 anticipated that the musket would eventually be rifled, and made the barrel heavier than the earlier Model 1835 accordingly. The various modifications to the Model 1840 made it slightly heavier than the Model 1835.[1]

The Model 1840 was the last flintlock musket produced at Springfield Armory. Many were converted to percussion lock before they made it to the field. Although produced as a smooth bore musket, most of the Model 1840s had their barrels rifled later, as the designers had anticipated.

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  1. ^ "Guns on the Early Frontiers" by Carl P. Russell, Published by U of Nebraska Press, 1980