Good to hear your focusing on a regional impression and doing the
research to get it right. Sticking with pre-war Federal issue is a
good idea. The Infantry of the California Column carried '55
Springfields into Arizona but, like many of the units in the far West,
were initially armed with the large numbers of .69 rifled and
smoothbore muskets on hand in the Arsenals. Pinning down the
impression you want to do will allow you to get more precise in what
No one makes an out of the box '55 with a functioning Tape primer. One
Italian repro has a door that opens but no guts, the other has a door
that doesn't open. The '55 I currently carry was custom built by John
Zimmerman with a functional tape primer but I carried a non-functional
one for several years before trading up.
I've been digging into and transcribing a ton of Material related to
the War in the Southwest. I'm super busy this week preparing for the
Into The Piney Woods event (http://www.intothepineywoods.com/)
Louisiana, but would be glad to talk more on the subject. In the
meantime, you may find some of the info on our website (see my
signature) useful. You might also want to check out the Authentic
Campaigner forum (http://www.authentic-campaigner.com/)
, lots of good
discussions and frequent buying and selling of firearms.
Troy Groves - Historical Interpreter
Co. F, 1st Infantry, California Volunteers - Carleton's Cannibals Mess
"To day we. . . stopped a few minutes to examine the crumbling ruins
the walls were defaced with Texians traitors names and Texican
Braggodocia but nary a Texican thare to answer to his name or make
good his writing on the wall." -Eli W. Hazen, 1st California Vol. Inf.
--- In AZReenacting@yahoogroups.com, "na_jeb" <chasrum@...> wrote:
> I just got back from the reEnactment
> in Socorro. I would like to start to
> reEnact again, but cannot find a decent
> musket at a decent price!
> All I can find at the Albuquerque gun
> shops are a '55 Springfield with a non-
> functional tape primer. (which doesn't
> appeal to me)
> I'm interested in a '42 or '55 Springfield,
> or whatever else might be regionally correct.
> I'd be interested in either a Federal or
> Confederate impression, so I figure a
> Springfield is my best bet.
> I'm located in central New Mexico, any
> & all help in this matter would be greatly
> Thank you!