- Rifled musket
The rifled musket is a long-barreled
infantryweapon (to be distinguished from the shorter " rifle" carried by some light infantryunits), usually percussion, that was common in the 19th century. Riflinggave the rifled musket better long-range accuracy than its smoothborepredecessors.
Use in the United States
The first rifled musket to be adopted by the
United Stateswas the Model 1855. It was followed by the Model 1861, the most common shoulder weapon of the Civil War. In addition, many older, smoothbore muskets were rifled in the years prior to and during the Civil War. The muzzle-loadingrifled musket was eventually succeeded by the Model 1865 breechloading rifle, essentially a breechloading conversion of the Model 1861. This would evolve, through several models, into the famous Model 1873 "trapdoor".
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