Miller Model 1861
United States (1865)
Type: Breech-Loading Rifle
Manufacturer(s): Meridan Manufacturing Company - USA
The Miller Model 1861 was the Springfield Model 1861 Rifle-Musket converted from muzzle-loading to breech-loading using the patented Miller conversion block arrangement.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Miller Model 1861 Breech-Loading Rifle. Entry last updated on 9/8/2016; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
Conversion work on the guns spanned from 1865 to 1867 and, by and large, the weapons retained their general form and function complete with the long single-piece wood body with integrated grip handle and shoulder stock. Two barrel bands were used to secure the barrel to the wood body. Sighting devices were set over the receiver and over the muzzle for ranged fire in the usual way. The trigger and loop guard were underslung beneath the action. Overall length measured 47.2 inches with a barrel of 39 inches. Weight was about 10lbs.
Despite the modification to breech-loading, the guns remained single-shot weapons as the Model 1861s before them. They were chambered for a .58 caliber rimfire cartridge. The reloading process, however, was much improved over the original Springfields as a trained shooter could manage up to six shots per minute. In the original rifle muskets, an operator could hope to reach a rate of fire of about two to three rounds per minute.
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