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    Bridesburg Model 1863 Rifle Musket (1863)

    Bridesburg Model 1863 Rifle Musket (1863)

    Picture of Bridesburg Model 1863

    The Bridesburg Model 1863 was essentially the Bridesburg Model 1861 with some minor improvements.





    Staff Writer (Updated: 5/9/2016):

    The Bridesburg Model 1863 was a follow-up to the Bridesburg Model 1861. The rifle-musket was produced by the Bridesburg Machine Works out of Bridesburg, Pennsylvania and owned by Alfred Jenks and his son Barton. The family had made a name for themselves in the cotton and wool industries before the American Civil War came calling. Production facilities were set up to handle the large contract orders from the US government. Bridesburg Machine Works was one such facility, operating as a subcontractor to the Springfield Armory.

    The Model 1863 was essentially the Model 1861 with some improvements. The rifle was produced in two major types known simply as "Type 1" and "Type 2". Type 1 noted an improved hammer component as well as well as revised muzzle retaining bands. The Type 2 noted a revised rear sight and spring retainers for the muzzle bands. Externally, she shared many of the design characteristics of the Model 1861 before her including a right-sided hammer and lock plate, metal buttplate and underslung ramrod.

    Like the Model 1861, the Model 1863 was also a single-shot, percussion-based, muzzle-loading rifle-musket chambered to fire a .58 caliber cartridge. Her barrel measured in at 40 inches.

    SPECIFICATIONS:
    Bridesburg Model 1863
    Type: Rifle Musket
    Country of Origin: United States
    Manufacturer: Bridesburg Machine Works - USA
    Initial Year of Service: 1863


    OPERATORS

    United States


    STRUCTURAL

    Overall Length: 0 mm (0.00 inches)
    Barrel Length: 1,016 mm (40.00 inches)
    Weight (Empty): 0.00 lb (0.00 kg)


    Caliber*: .58
    Action: Percussion
    Feed: Single-Shot


    PERFORMANCE
    Sights: Two-Leaf Folding Rear; Fixed Front


    * Listed caliber(s) for firearms may be model dependent if more than one model type/chambering was produced. Always consult official manufacturer's information or a licensed dealer.


    VARIANTS
    Model 1863 Type 1 - Improved hammer and muzzle retaining bands.


    Model 1863 Type 2 - Revised rearsight and spring retainers for the muzzle bands.




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