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What rifles did the soldiers use during the Civil war 1863?


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November 26, 2008 2:01PM

There were many rifled firearms, long guns and pistols both, used on both sides. Here are two:

The Springfield Model 1861, firing a .58 caliber Minié ball, was a rifled musket (muzzle loader) and by far the most widely used U.S. Army weapon of the Civil War.

The Enfield Pattern 1853 Rifled Musket was a .577 caliber muzzle-loader, probably the most widely used Confederate Army weapon of the Civil War.

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